Jun 16, 2018 News
An Albouystown youth was yesterday cleared of an attempted murder and robbery under arms charges, after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) advised that the two charges against him be withdrawn.
The youth is still facing another attempted murder charge after he allegedly shot a La Penitence Market vendor in his head.
Dason Jupiter, 23, a gardener of Hunter Street, Albouystown, was slapped with three charges after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The first charge alleged that on March 2, last, at Laing Avenue, he discharged a loaded firearm at Randy Sampson, with intent to commit murder.
It was further alleged that on April 2, last, at Saffon Street, he discharged a loaded firearm at Doodnauth Danrasi, with intent to commit murder.
The last charge alleged that on April 2 at Saffon Street, while being in company of others and armed with a gun, robbed Hardai Danrasi.
During yesterday’s hearing, Police Prosecutor, Neville Jeffers, told the court that the DPP advised that the two charges be withdrawn against the defendant.
The Magistrate after listening to the prosecutor told the defendant that based on advised from the DPP she has to withdraw the two charges.
Although Jupiter was clear of the two charges, he still remains on remand for allegedly shooting a La Penitence vendor in the head.
According to reports, on April 2, last, about 17:20 hrs the victim was selling as usual at La Penitence Market Georgetown, when Jupiter who was in the company of others and armed with a handgun shot him to the head and thereafter robbed Hardai Danrasi.
According to information, Doodnauth, 62, had just offloaded stocks on the stall when Jupiter pounced on him, demanding that he hand over cash. Kaieteur News understands that two other bandits were on the lookout.
They targeted Doodnauth’s wife who was wearing an apron containing cash. In coming to his wife’s defence, Doodnauth pulled a knife on the gunman who in turn shot him to the head before snatching $150,000 from the wife’s apron. The bandits then escaped by riding through James Street, Albouystown.
What was most unbelievable about the shooting is that the bandits carried out the act in the presence of the three female Constabulary ranks who were assigned to watch over the market.
The Ruimveldt Police Station is located a short distance from where the shooting occurred.
Ranks from the station arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting and transported an injured Doodnauth who was bleeding profusely from the head to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Detectives were seen inquiring of a description of the bandits and about acquiring CCTV footage from nearby businesses.
Reports were that the bandits are well-known in the Albouystown area and would often times be seen riding around the market.
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