Two Kumaka men accused of breaking into the dwelling house of a businessman and carting off with $1.5M in articles were this afternoon charged and remanded for the offence.

The men, Leon Singh, 23, a handyman, and John Peters, 25, a vendor, both of Kumaka Waterfront, North West District (NWD), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

The first charge against the duo stated that, between May 4, 2019 and May 5, 2019 at Kumaka Water Front, NWD, they broke into the dwelling house of Dwayne Payne and stole $1M cash, a CCTV recorder valued at $330,000, and other articles, all for a total value of $1.5M. The items were the property of Payne.

It was further alleged that, on May 8, 2019 at the same location, they assaulted George Torez with the intent to cause actual bodily harm.

The men denied both charges after they were read to them by the magistrate. They were both represented by attorney-at-law Mark Conway, who asked the court to release his clients on reasonable bail, citing that they are the sole breadwinner for their family.

The prosecutor, however, objected to bail being granted to the defendants on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the value of the articles mentioned in the charge.

With the objections raised by the prosecution, the Chief Magistrate remanded both men to prison.

They were instructed to make their next court appearance on May 21 at the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court.



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