Anthony David, one of the five men charged with the home invasion and robbery committed on Land Court Judge Nicola Pierre, and her husband Mohamed Chand, was said to be the driver of the getaway car.
This is according to the testimony of Detective Assistant Superintendent, Mitchell Caesar—Head of the Major Crime Units Criminal Investigation Department, Headquarters, Eve Leary.
Premnauth Samaroo; Damien Millington, 22 of Lot 118 Caesar Street, Agricola; Nicholas Narine, 18, also of Caesar Street, Agricola; Anthony David, 28 of 63 Hadfield Street, Stabroek and Warren Mc Kenzie, 22, of Lot 18 Brutus Street, Agricola, are jointly facing three charges—two for robbery under-arms committed on Pierre and her husband and another for the offence of discharging a loaded firearm at security guard, Ron Peters.
They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges and are currently on remand.
The police witness testified yesterday, as the trial of the five men accused of robbing and terrorizing the judge and her husband continued in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul.
The court is at present housed in the Better Hope Community Centre.
Caesar told the court that he held several interviews with David at CID headquarters.
He recalled that the meetings were held on July 16, 2015. He said, “During the interview, Anthony David said that he wanted to tell me what happen. I immediately stopped him and administered a caution to him”.
Caesar testified that David told him that on July 8, 2015 he was at home when he received a call from a friend. He stated that David told him that the friend informed him that they were on a “work” on the East Coast and persons opened fire on them.
According to the witness, David said that the men asked him to come and pick them up and carry them to Agricola.
Caesar recalled that the accused told him that he was not paid for the trips because the men told him they ran and left everything behind after the robbery.
Although David refused to provide the police with a statement, the Detective said that he made entries of the conversation in his personal diary.
During the cross examination, Attorney Adrian Thompson suggested to Caesar that he had fabricated the story. The police witness refuted the suggestion and told the court that he had no reason to lie.
Earlier on in his testimony, Caesar recounted that on July 15, 2015 he and a party of police went to a house at Craig, East Bank Demerara where they met Narine, Millington and five other men.
“I told Millington and Narine that it is alleged that he on July 9, acting in consort with others, while armed with guns at Montrose, robbed Nicola Pierre and Mohamed Chand.”
He added that after the men were cautioned they were arrested and taken into police custody.
The matter has been adjourned to today when Detective Inspector Suraj Singh will take the stand.
He is the final witness for the prosecution being led by Attorney Nigel Hughes.
At the conclusion of his testimony the court will commence on a Voir Dire (trial within a trial) to ascertain the admissibility of caution statements and oral confessions given by the number three and four defendants (Millington and David).
Pierre, Chand and Peters have completed giving their testimonies. They have so far, positively identified four of the defendants (Samaroo, Millington, Narine and McKenzie) as the ones who were part of the robbery/home invasion that occurred on July 9, last in the gated community of Felicity, East Coast Demerara.
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