Two miners, who allegedly stole an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) were today charged and released on $200,000 bail each for the offence.

Those charged are Mark Smith, 31, of 132 Nelson Street Mocha, East Bank Demerara and Robin Patrick, 20, of Charity, Essequibo, both miners.

The duo denied the charge which stated that on December 9, 2019 at Essequibo, while being armed with woods and cutlasses, they robbed Claudio Dasilva of one ATV motorcycle valued at $3.5M.

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, the victim was on his bike heading to his mining camp.

The court heard that the victim was forced to slow down on the trail and it was then that the two defendants came out from some bushes with cutlasses and wood.

They then dealt him several lashes about his body and took away his bike. The men then made good their escape.

The matter was reported at the Mahdia Police Station and following an investigation the men were arrested.

An identification parade was then conducted and the men were positively identified by the victim as the persons who robbed him.

While the prosecutor did not object to bail being granted to the defendants, he asked that it be a substantial amount. As such, The Chief Magistrate released the men on $200,000 bail each.

Condition of the bail is that they report to the Mahdia Police Station until the hearing and determination of the trial. They were instructed to make their next court appearance on January 14, 2020.


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