Jul 28, 2017 News
– accomplices remanded
Eighteen-year-old Esan Gibson, a welder of Lot 140 Cato Street Agricola, East Bank Demerara, was yesterday jailed for three years and fined $80,000, while 24-year-old Carlotta Geer of Lot 80 Brutus Street Agricola and 17-year-old Shyon Freeman of Lot 120 Brutus Street Agricola, were both remanded to prison for harbouring wanted man Melvor Jeffrey called Marlon Jeffrey.
The trio appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Gibson pleaded guilty to the charge which read that between July 19 and July 23, last, at Lot 80 Brutus Street Agricola, East Bank Demerara, he knowingly lodged or harboured Melvor Jeffrey, called Marlon Jeffrey, whose name and photograph were publicly published by members of the Guyana Police Force, wanted for a crime.
Freeman and Geer were both remanded to prison after denying the allegation.
Attorney-at-Law Keoma Griffith who represented Geer told the court that his client is the mother of three young children. The lawyer in his application to secure bail for his client told the court that his client works as a pump attendant and has never been charged before.
Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore stated that on July 11, last, Melvor Jeffrey called Marlon Jeffrey was engaged in a shootout with police at Agricola, East Bank Demerara and in the process he was shot.
The court heard that police found a gun and eight cartridges after shootout. The prosecutor went on to tell the court that the accused received injuries and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted as a patient and placed under police guard.
The court heard that on July 19 the prisoner escaped from GPHC. Prosecutor Moore told the court that on July 23 about 05:30hrs, police acting on information received went to Lot 80 Brutus Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara where they carried out a search. The escapee was found in a barrel with a bag over his head and covered with curtains.
The Prosecutor told the court that Gibson who was in the house at the time gave the police a caution statement stating that he knew that Jeffrey had escaped from the GPHC and was wanted by the police.
The court heard that Gibson saw Jeffrey in Agricola behind a dam and he assisted him to the address mentioned in the charge, knowing for a fact that a wanted bulletin was issued for him and that he had escaped from the GPHC.
Prosecutor Moore also objected to bail being granted to the females citing the serious nature of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.
The prosecutor went on to tell the court that if bail is granted to the defendants they will tamper with the witnesses in the matter since they are from the same community.
Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded the defendants to prison for public safety and the fact that no one should be harbouring any wanted persons.
The magistrate is also calling on the welfare department to come forward to provide care for the defendant’s three young children. The defendants will make their next court appearance on August 9.
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