A MECHANIC and three taxi drivers, who were ‘slapped’ with several charges, were, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
The men, 18-year-old Justin Do Santos, 25-year-old Joe Singh, 25-year-old Miguel Matterdin and 32-year-old Kurt Shepard appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and denied the charges against them.
The first charge stated that, on October 12, 2019, at Turkeyen East Coast Demerara, they stole motor car PHH 3889, valued at $700,000, property of Dwayne Simon.
The second charge stated that, on September 23, 2019, at South Vigilance, they stole motor car PFF 7090, valued at $500, 000, property of Oswald Bento.
The final charge stated that, on September 10, 2019, at Diamond East Bank Demerara, they stole a Pitbull minibus, valued at $ 4M, property of Orlando Angust.
Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted to the men, based on the serious nature of the allegations.
Prosecutor Mansfield added that the investigation was on-going and more was expected to be uncovered.
He stated that a number of vehicle parts, suspected to be stolen, were retrieved and were currently in police custody.
Mansfield noted that, on November 6, 2019, ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) went to Kuru Kururu and made contact with Do Santos and Shepard. The men were cautioned and a search was conducted on Shepard’s residence and several motor car parts were found.
A further search and investigation were carried out and several vehicles were recovered and the other two defendants were arrested.
Prosecutor Mansfield added that the defendants assisted the police in recovering a number of vehicle parts in the Kuru Kururu area following their arrest.
Magistrate McLennan, after listening to the Prosecutor’s statements, remanded the men until November 18, 2019.