Apr 03, 2016 News
– escape with millions in jewelry
A schoolboy, Ramdat Singh, called “Ronald”, 16, of Lot 5D Bush Lot Public Road was expected to write his CSEC examination in a month. He is now a patient in the New Amsterdam hospital after he was shot in his jaw by one of two bandits who robbed his father.
The incident occurred around 6:30 hrs on Saturday just as goldsmith, Ramdat Singh Snr, called “Rajesh”, 42, was in the process of setting up his stand at the Rosignol Market, West Bank Berbice.
Singh was accompanied by his son who was outside of the stand when the two bandits who were armed with handguns struck and demanded the bag with their jewelry.
According to the businessman, he is a goldsmith and operates a stall in the Rosignol Market. He has been in the business for over 20 years. He said that back in November 2015 he was robbed by two men of over 35 pennyweights of gold. Those bandits were caught and jailed for 12 months each.
The man stated that (Saturday) morning he was accompanied by his son to the market. Since he was robbed that last time he would be accompanied by one of his sons.
He said that as soon as he opened his stall, two unmasked bandits armed with hand guns came up to him and told him to pass the bag.
“I was in the stall while my son was outside. I resisted. The bandit held on to the bag and pointed the gun towards me. After I continued to resist, the other bandit shot the boy at close range in his jaw.After he got shot and fell I decided to loose the bag, the distraught man stated.
The bandits then made good their escape with the bag which contained gold valued over $7.4M. He said that some of the jewelry belonged to persons who had given it to him to make over, polish and clean, while the other stuff was to be put in his show case. The bag also contained his scale, his records book and other stuff and about $5,000. He said that the bandits are recognizable.
According to the elder Singh after his youngest of his three sons was shot and fell, he picked him up and rushed with him to the Fort Wellington Hospital where he was given emergency treatment before being transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.
According to the elder Singh his son was shot at close range. He was told that the doctors cannot operate on the wound since the swelling was too much. He is due for a CT scan on Monday after which a decision would be made.
The teen is a fifth form student at the Fraser Educational Institute at Fort Wellington. He is due to commence writing his CSEC examination within a month.
President of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA) Mr.Ramroop Rajnauth, in a comment stated that the BCCDA is very concerned at the spate of crime in the country, especially in Berbice at the moment.
He expressed the hope that the government and the law enforcement authorities will get a grip on the situation. To hear that a small place like Berbice is being touted as the crime capital is not good, he said.
Rajnauth said that a number of members of the chamber are fearful and some are contemplating leaving if the situation is not brought under control quickly.
He is calling for a permanent swat team to be stationed in Berbice.
Police in a statement stated that about 06:30h on Saturday, Goldsmith Ramdat Singh, 42 years, and his son Ramdat Singh Jnr 16 years, of Bush Lot, WCB, were in the process of setting up their stand at the Rosignol Market when two men armed with handguns held them up and demanded the bag with their jewelery.
The bag was handed over during which time one of the perpetrators discharged a round which struck Ramdat Singh Jnr. to his jaw and they escaped.
Ramdat Singh Jnr. has been admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital.
A number of persons are in custody as the investigation continues.
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