Ex-cop cleared of robbery after witnesses fail to show

An ex-policeman and another man, accused of a $630,000 gun-point robbery committed on a Green Ice Taxi Service employee last December, had the charge dismissed on Wednesday after four witnesses including the virtual complainant failed to show up and offer evidence in a city court.

Collin Harris, 20, of Lot 201 Middle Road La Penitence, and Kelvin Pollard, 19, of 669 East Ruimveldt, both maintained their innocence when faced with the police’s allegation that they, on December 7, at 99 Sugar Cane Street, South Ruimveldt Gardens, robbed Rosita Kalchoy of $620,000 and US$50 or $10,000, which was the property of Vibert Puran. Kalchoy, an office assistant attached to the taxi service, was allegedly held up at gunpoint by Harris and relieved of the sum mentioned. Pollard was said to have been waiting on a motorcycle for Harris.

The defendants, according to the police report, rode away after they committed the act. A dispatcher then sent a message to taxi drivers on the road. Harris and Pollard, identified as the robbers, were then apprehended and taken to the police. An identification (ID) parade was held and Harris, according to Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru, was identified as the gunman.

Collin Harris in the compound of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after the armed robbery charge against him was dismissed.
Collin Harris in the compound of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after the armed robbery charge against him was dismissed.

When a call was given for Rosita Kalchoy, who was informed that she had to offer evidence on Wednesday, went unanswered, Magistrate Judy Latchman dismissed the matter. Also absent though they were informed that they had to offer evidence were Andrew Gad, Janella Burt and Naomi Roopnarine.

Police Inspector Joel Ricknauth, who presented the prosecution’s case, told the Magistrate that all witnesses were informed by the prosecution of their required attendance.

Harris was represented by attorney Melvin Duke and Pollard was represented by another attorney.

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