Man accused of ‘robbery under arms’ remanded

Joshua Austin

MAGISTRATE Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, on Tuesday January 14, 2020, remanded a 21-year-old man on a robbery charge.

Joshua Austin of Lodge Housing Scheme appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and denied the charge, when it was read to him.

Particulars of the charge stated that, on December 22, 2019, at Albouystown, while in the company of another, and armed with a gun, he robbed Darrin Gaskin of a gold chain with a pendent valued at $510,000, a gold ring valued at $42,000, and a gold band valued at $180,000.

Attorney-at-law Paul Fung-a-Fat, who represented Austin, told the court that the police showed Gaskin a video footage of the robbery and the men in the footage were tall.
Fung-a-Fat stated that his client was not that tall. He also made application for bail to be granted to his client.

“I never rob nobody and escape in no car, me in get no escape charge. The police tell this man to point to number 5 cause he done pick somebody else,” Austin said.

Police Prosecutor objected to bail being granted to Austin and told the court that, after Austin robbed Gaskin, he escaped in a car and Gaskin gave chase.

Another prosecutor told the court that Austin was before the court for robbery under arms and he was there on another robbery-under- arms charge. Austin was also positively identified by Gaskin.

Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus, after listening to prosecutors and Austin, remanded him (Austin) to prison and adjourned the matter until January 28, 2020. He will make another appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.