Real robbery charge for accused toy gun bandits

Odel Nelson and Wayne Gilbert, the two men who were nabbed by a public-spirited citizen after they allegedly used a toy gun to commit a robbery, were yesterday remanded to prison.

Nelson, 27, of Lot 266 West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme and Gilbert, 20, of Lot 13 West La Penitence, pleaded not guilty to the charge of armed robbery when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

It was alleged that on December 19, around 3:30pm, O’ Neil Fraser, 30, of North Ruimveldt, was in a Chinese restaurant in the vicinity of Quamina and Thomas street when Nelson held him at gunpoint, while Gilbert was outside on a bike to be used for the getaway. Nelson allegedly relieved Fraser of his BlackBerry phone and a gold chain. However, a citizen, who is a licensed firearm holder, was in the area at the time and went to Fraser’s assistance and arrested them.

Police Prosecutor Kerry Bostwick objected to bail on the grounds that the articles were discover on the person of the accused.

The magistrate denied bail and remanded to prison until January 8, when the matter will continue at Court 1.

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