A TAXI driver was on Friday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for armed robbery. Harry James, of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, denied the charge and the matter was transferred to the Wales Magistrates’ Court for July 12.
Particulars of the charge alleged that James on July 3, 2018, at Alliance, Canal No.2, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun robbed Rabindra Sumdhat of $792,000 in cash, along with a quantity of jewellery.
According to a police report, about 02:00hrs Tuesday, a 31-year-old mechanic/businessman was sleeping in a hammock under a shed in his yard at Alliance, Canal No.2, when he was confronted by two men armed with handguns.
The robbers demanded valuables, took the businessman inside his house and relieved him of a large sum of cash.
During the ordeal, the suspects gun-butted the victim who retaliated and engaged them (bandits) in a physical confrontation. In the process, the victim reportedly managed to disarm one of the gunmen. Two live 9mm rounds were found at the scene and an unlicensed .9mm pistol allegedly taken from one of the two armed suspects during a struggle. The weapon has since been handed over to the police.
The victim then quickly armed himself with instruments and wounded the suspects who fled in a waiting vehicle. After a brief pursuit by the police, the motor car was intercepted at Leonora, West Coast Demerara and is currently impounded. The driver of the motor car was also arrested.