As the investigation continues into carjacking rings, a father and son are the latest persons to be brought before the court.
Nigel Chung, 43, and Ricky Chung, 23, both of Lot 5 Coverden, East Bank Demerara, were yesterday arraigned before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, after being slapped with two charges of imitation of identification markings.
Particulars of the first charge alleged that the two men, between August 17, 2017 and February 13, 2018, at Georgetown, fraudulently used a forged chassis number on a registered Toyota Spacio motor vehicle, knowing same to be false.
It was further alleged that between December 9, 2017 and February 10, 2018, at Georgetown, the duo fraudulently used a forged chassis number on a registered Toyota Allion motor vehicle, knowing same to be false. Both defendants denied the allegations after they were read to them by the Magistrate.
They are being represented by Attorney- at-law Dexter Todd, who asked that bail be granted to his clients. He told the court that his clients operate a welding shop and they fully cooperated with the police.
The lawyer added that the two vehicles that were found in his clients’ possession were taken to them for them to
remove the old chassis numbers and replaced them with new ones.
Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore had no objection to bail being granted to the defendants, but asked that it be in a substantial amount, and that they report to the CID Headquarters every Friday.
Facts presented by the Prosecutor stated that the defendants operate a welding shop at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, and two vehicles – PPP 82 and PMM 7517 – were taken to them to remove the chassis numbers and replace them with new ones.
The Toyota Spacio belongs to Samuel Munroe, 59, a chauffeur of Lot 2369 Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara and the Toyota Allion is owned by Trechel Powers, of Lot 198 Eve’s View, Annandale, East Coast Demerara. The court heard that both vehicles were identified by the respective owners at the station.
The Chungs were released on $200,000 bail each. They were instructed to make their next court appearance on March 5. Condition of the bail is that they report every Friday to the CID Headquarters until the completion of the trial.
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