was charged for murder and other armed robberies in 2011
Another man who police are certain was among a gang that came under fire with the police, was yesterday remanded to prison after he pleaded not guilty to three criminal charges in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Collis Collison was captured on Wednesday, last in a house at Tucber Park, New Amsterdam, Berbice. He is believed to have been part of a gang that has been
trailing and robbing incoming passengers from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
Collison 23, of South Better Hope, East Bank Demerara is accused of discharging a loaded firearm at Prem Narine, a Detective attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), with intent to maim, disable, disfigure or cause him grievous bodily harm.
The incident took place on October 7, at Kitty, Georgetown.
It was alleged that on the same day at Kitty, Georgetown, Collison had a .38 revolver in his possession, when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. Further, it was also alleged that on October 7, at the same location he had three rounds of .38 ammunition in his possession.
Collison pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
The defendant had no legal representation. He told the court that he is a shopkeeper in the interior. He claimed that he had no involvement in the crimes. Collison asserted that at the time of the incident he was in New Amsterdam, Berbice at his fiancée’s residence.
Additionally, the defendant contended that he was never found with a gun in his possession. He told the Magistrate that he was placed on an identification (ID) parade in relation to a robbery under-arms charge, but was not positively identified.
In May, 2011, Collison was also charged with the January 2011 murder of Linden businessman Albert Joseph, called ‘Bolo.’
Joseph was shot during a robbery at his Sunflower Street, Linden business place. He was freed on that murder in November, 2014.
Also in May, 2011, Collison was placed on two armed robbery charges which allege that at Dageraad Avenue, Linden, being armed with a gun, he robbed Nigel Hescott and Rajindra Tiwari of one gold chain valued $160,000 and $250,000 respectively.
Last Wednesday, former murder accused, Shawn Thom, a taxi driver, was remanded to prison on the same charges as Collison.
The charges against the men stemmed from a recent confrontation between police and bandits, who are said to be involved in attacks on incoming passengers from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
Collison and Thom will make their next court appearance on October 28, next, when the matter comes up again for report. According to Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones, the police file is incomplete.
Once again the virtual complainant was absent from court proceedings. At this point the prosecutor explained that the detective was carrying out special duties and unable to attend.
Magistrate McLennan then instructed that the complainant be present for the next hearing.
According to reports, two Wednesdays ago the off duty cop had gone to the CJIA to pick up a relative, when he noticed a yellow IST following him all the way from the airport. It was reported that the rank contacted his colleagues, informing them about what he had noticed.
Kaieteur News understands that the police turned up close to the rank’s home in Kitty and waited for him to arrive from the airport. When the rank arrived in front of his yard, a car with three men stopped a corner away from his home. Two of the gunmen reportedly exited the vehicle and were liming at a bridge, while one remained in the car.
The gunmen and the police exchanged gunfire, which left Collison and Thom injured.
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