Apr 19, 2018 News
One day after being sentenced to eight years imprisonment after pleading guilty to several counts of illegal possession of arms and ammunition and fabricating a vehicle licence plate number, Steve Hercules, 30, yesterday made an appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
Hercules of 2-3 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara, denied the charge, which alleged that on March 25, at Princes Street, Lodge, while being armed with a gun, stole one motorcar valued $3.6M, a phone valued $80,000 and other valuables, property of Shawn Liverpool.
Magistrate McLennan remanded Hercules to prison and instructed him to make his next court appearance on April 30.
Last Tuesday, Hercules and five others who were nabbed in a stolen car at a roadblock at Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sunil Scarce in the Providence Magistrates’ Courts to answer to several charges.
Hercules admitted that on April 10, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, he had a Glock 9mm pistol with serial number FKA 452 and 11 rounds; one black Glock 9MM pistol with serial number filed off and 11 rounds; a Beretta pistol with serial number PY 1467150 and 11 rounds, and a Taurus pistol with serial number filed off and six rounds, in his possession, when he was not the holder of a firearm licence.
Magistrate Scarce sentenced Hercules to serve a term of four years imprisonment on each of the four ammunition charges. The prison terms will run concurrently. Hercules was further sentenced to serve a term of four years imprisonment on each of the firearm charges, which will run concurrently.
Together, the prison terms imposed for the illegal firearm and ammunition charges will run consecutively.
This means that Hercules will serve a term of imprisonment of eight years and pay a fine of $800,000.
In his address to the court, Hercules claimed that he was paid $50,000 to transport his accomplices and the illegal weapons.
Meanwhile, his alleged accomplices Renard Khan, 31, of Lot 147 Cooper Street, Albouystown; Edward Skeete, called ‘Pretty Boy’, 30, of Lot 309 Independence Boulevard; Marvin Blackman, 27, of South Ruimveldt; Mark Prince, called ‘Fineman’, 39, of Lot 52 Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, and Nabadinghi Gobin, called ‘Dangles’, 33, of Lot 181 Charlotte Street, Bourda, were slapped with the same charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. Each of them pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.
In addition, the five men were charged jointly for conspiring with Hercules to change the licence plate of motorcar PVV 6204 to HC 4543. They all denied the allegation and were instructed to return to court on April 20, when they are expected to face additional charges.
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