A city magistrate moments ago sentenced a murder accused to 14 years and six months behind bars after finding him guilty of a series of charges, including armed robbery, possession of illegal gun and ammunition, and discharging a loaded firearm.

Wayne Anthony Chester, 22, called ‘Sharky’, of 236 Section C, Block Y, Diamond Housing Scheme, was on trial before Magistrate Rondel Weever in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Chester is also before the courts for the 2017 murder of Purcell Moore at Craig Village, East Bank Demerara. The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder is still ongoing.

It is alleged that on January 6, 2019, at Conciliation Drive, Tucville, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and being armed with an unlicensed gun, Chester robbed Bowen Cromwell of $512,600 in cash and jewellery.

It was further alleged that on the same date and at the same place, he allegedly damaged two car parts, valued at a total of $85,000, which belonged to Cromwell.

Chester was also charged with discharging a loaded firearm with the intent to wound Cromwell, having a pistol in his possession without being the holder of a firearm licence, and being in possession of unlicensed ammunition.

He had denied all the allegations on his first court appearance before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Magistrate Weever this afternoon at the end of the trial ruled that the prosecutor throughout the trial presented sufficient evidence to convict Chester for the offences.

Hence, she sentenced him to a total of 14 years and six months for the five charges. The sentences will run concurrently.


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