A 19-year-old who allegedly robbed a woman and her daughter of their cellular phones was today remanded to prison.
Mario D’Aguiar of 1 Smyth and D’Urban Streets, Georgetown appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The first charge stated that on June 8, 2019, at Princes Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Tracy Salvador of a phone valued at $25,000.
It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he robbed Sonia Thomas of one phone valued at $23,000.
The defendant denied both charges after they were read to him by the magistrate.
His lawyer Lawrence Harris, in a failed bail application, told the court that the virtual complainants do not wish to proceed with the matter.
When the magistrate asked the victims why they did not want to proceed with the matter, they told the court they reside in the interior and would not have the time to make numerous court occasions.
The magistrate, after listening to the victims, told them they will not have to come to Georgetown to attend court but could instead present their evidence via Skype.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Adduni Inniss stated that on the day in question the victims were walking along Princes Street when they were confronted by the defendant and others who pointed a gun at them and relieved them of the articles mentioned in the charges.
The prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty the charges attract.
The prosecutor also highlighted that a gun was used to commit the offences and further said that the stolen phones were found in D’Aguiar’s possession.
The magistrate after listening to both sides remanded the D’Aguiar to prison until June 18, 2019.