A newspaper vendor was today remanded after being charged with harbouring one of the suspects in the Wallison Enterprise gold heist.

31-year-old Akeem Rajkumar of Lot 295 North/East La Penitence, Georgetown, was before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he was charged with harbouring a fugitive.

He was not required to plead to the charge which alleged that on August 7, 2021, at Leopold Street, Georgetown, while knowing Antonio Maraj called “Thuggie” and others committed a felony, committed an armed robbery, he received, comforted, and harboured Antonio Maraj.

He was represented by attorney-at-law Darren Wade, who told the court that the father of five maintains his innocence. He asked for reasonable bail to be granted to his client who is a newspaper vendor.

However, Court Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell objected to bail. She told the court that Ramkumar has given an oral confession to helping the man. She added that Ramkumar allegedly had been paid to cut gold that was stolen during the robbery. The man was refused bail and told the matter will be heard again on October 19.

This charge is concerning a gold heist on the Wallison Enterprise which occurred on August 5. Keyon King, 32, of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, Delroy Jackson, 37, of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, and Peon Lee, called ‘Nino Brown,’ 35, of Mocha, East Bank Demerara, have been charged with the $58 million gold heist. While wanted bulletins have been issued for Antonio Maraj also called “Pluckin” or “Thuggy” of Leopold Street, Georgetown; Agricola, Greater Georgetown and Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD). Maraj, and Jamal Hazel, a former member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) of Guyhoc Park, Georgetown.

Cops had reported that three men went to the Gordon Street, Kitty business-place with a white car and parked it north of the building. They then entered the compound, through the main gate, after they told the security guard that they were there to sell gold. The three armed men entered the waiting area where they spoke to the cashier and showed her a package, which they claimed contained gold that they wanted to sell.

The men then pulled out their firearms and ordered her into an office where the money and gold were secured. They then robbed the business owner and the cashier, of one cellular phone valued at $300,000, $38,000,000 cash, 61 ounces of raw gold valued at $20,000,000, and one cellular phone valued at $60,000.

While exiting the three men took a DVR box, but cops still managed to gain the footage of the robbery from other hidden CCTV footage.

Arrests were then made after a security guard, who was involved in the robbery confessed.

According to information, police went to the house belonging to King and found $18 million buried in a bucket in the backyard. King told the police that his girlfriend, who is also a serving member of the GDF was innocent.


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