Two young men from Sophia were this afternoon charged and remanded to prisons after being accused of robbing a traffic rank of his phone and $3,000 in cash.

The men, Yullacie Price, 24, and Shaheed Hollingsworth, 19, were jointly charged with robbery.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on March 31, 2019 at Georgetown, while being in each other’s company, they robbed Orlando Persaud of one phone valued $50,000 and $3,000 cash.

The unrepresented men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that on the day in question at about 20:00 hrs, the police rank was walking in the vicinity of a bus park when the two defendants and another individual approached him.

The court heard that Price grabbed the rank by his neck and choked him, while Hollingsworth pushed his hands into the officer’s pocket and removed the articles mentioned in the change. The men then made good their escape.

The matter was then reported to the Brickdam Police Station, an investigation carried out, and both men were arrested.

The Prosecutor added that an identification parade was conducted and both defendants were positively identified by the cop as the persons who committed the offence.

Prosecutor Mansfield objected to bail being granted to the duo on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation, the penalty the charge attracts, and the prevalence of the offence in society.

The Magistrate upheld the prosecutor’s objection and remanded the men to prison until April 12, 2019.


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