Two men who allegedly went on an armed robbery spree, including robbing six persons at once in the Promenade Gardens, were this morning charged and remanded to prison for the crimes.

Rex Blanche, 35, a taxi driver of South Ruimveldt, and Michael York, 19, both appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly, who read eight charges of armed robbery to them.

The first charge stated that on April 26, 2019, at Promenade Gardens, Middle Street, Georgetown, the men, while being in the company of each other and armed with guns, robbed Tashana Sanchar, Amanda Ramcharran, Shawn Ramdial, Simone Wickham, Christiana Sancharra, and Marcel Wickham of phones, jewelry, and cash totaling $606,000.

It was further alleged that the two on April 29, 2019 at Garnett Street, Kitty, Georgetown, while being in each other’s company and armed with guns, robbed Orin Hamilton of one cellular phone valued $70,000 and $5000 cash.

The last charge stated that on April 29, 2019 at Light Street and North Road, Georgetown, the defendants, while being in each other’s company and armed with guns, robbed Akemo Roberto Dasilva of a phone valued $113,000.

Attorney-at-law George Thomas, who represented Blanche, told the court that his client is the sole breadwinner of his family and suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes.

The lawyer added that on April 26, last his client received a phone call and went to pick up a passenger at the Promenade Gardens. According to the lawyer, the passenger was heading to Kitty. He added that when his client arrived a young man jumped into his vehicle and pointed a gun at him and told him to drive.

The lawyer said that shortly after his client was stopped by the police and the alleged gun man jumped out the vehicle and made good his escape, while his client was arrested and taken into custody.

However, police prosecutor Sanj Singh strongly opposed to bail being granted to the defendants on the grounds of the serious nature of the offences and the penalty they attract.

The Magistrate upheld the prosecutor’s objection and remanded the men to prison until May 31, 2019.



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