Bandit shot during robbery attempt charged

Remanded: Mark Griffith

MARK Griffith, the man who was shot during an attempted robbery on August 29 at the Giftland Mall Access Road junction, was charged with two counts of robbery under arms and was remanded until October 04, 2017.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

The 23-year- old of 31 Sheet Anchor, Canje, Berbice, who escaped death during the botched robbery where his accomplice, Trydon Munroe, was shot dead, was arraigned before Magistrate Seepaul-Ally at Court One of the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Courts on Monday.

The accused was sentenced to two years imprisonment in absentia for armed robbery by a Berbice Magistrate earlier this year. Investigations revealed that on the day of the robbery, a 42-year-old Interior Flight Services Supervisor and her security escort, who was armed with a licensed handgun, went to Ogle Airport in a motor car driven by the supervisor and collected several parcels.

Police said as they were returning to Georgetown via the Railway Embankment, in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall Access Road, a dark-coloured motor car suddenly blocked their path and immediately two males brandishing firearms, exited the vehicle and pounced on them. During the process, the armed escort drew his firearm and discharged several rounds which fatally struck Munroe.

The security officer then exited the vehicle and discharged his firearm at the other armed accomplice who was wounded but managed to escape on foot, while the vehicle that brought them sped away. He later turned up at the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was apprehended by police.