Jul 06, 2017 News
A 27-year-old mason of Lot 62 Leopold Street, Georgetown, who was shot in the foot by police after he attempted to disarm an officer, was remanded to prison, yesterday, after he appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Akeem Rajkumar denied the first charge which alleged that on June 27, last, at Leopold and Cross Streets, Georgetown, while armed with a gun, he robbed Dexter France of one haversack containing a pair of Timberland boots, nine and a half penny weights raw gold, and $44,000 in cash as well as a quantity of clothing.
It was further alleged that on the same day in question at Leopold and Cross Streets, he had in his possession 50 grams of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
Rajkumar pleaded not guilty to both charges after they were read to him by the magistrate.
Police Prosecutor Simone Payne objected to bail being granted to the defendant on both matters citing the serious nature of the offense. The penalty the charge attracts, the nature and prevalence of the matters and the fact that a gun was used to rob the virtual complainant were among the reasons cited.
The prosecutor told the court that Rajkumar was shot in his left knee on the day in question after he attempted to disarm a police rank that went to a shop in Leopold Street after receiving information.
The prosecution added that a search was conducted on the defendant and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be narcotics where found in his right side pants pocket.
The prosecutor further informed the court that Rajkumar was wanted by the police for a series of robberies.
Rajkumar was then cautioned by the police, told of the offence and arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.
The prosecution’s objection to bail was upheld by the magistrate and the defendant was remanded to prison. He will make his next court appearance on July 26.
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