Accused barged into house, robbed duo at gunpoint –court hears

A drink vendor accused of robbing a housekeeper and her employer at gunpoint of over $1M in items was yesterday remanded to prison when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson at the Georgetown Court charged with two counts of robbery.

It is alleged that on September 30 at Georgetown, Tony Ogle, 34, of 79 Last Street, Albouystown, armed with a gun, robbed Eton Cordis of items valued just over $1M, property of the said Cordis. On the same day also Ogle is alleged to have robbed Shondell Wilson of items valued $69,300, property of the said Shondell Wilson.

The vendor pleaded not guilty to the charges of robbery under arms when they were read to him by the Acting Chief Magistrate.
When given a chance to respond, Cordis told the court that he was at home on the day in question with Wilson, his housekeeper, when the defendant barged in and held them both at gunpoint demanding cash and other valuables. After ransacking the house, Cordis said that the defendant then left.

He further went on to say that he along with his housekeeper were able to identify the perpetrator in an identification parade.

The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the offence committed is a serious and prevalent one and added that the virtual complainants in the matter had identified Ogle as being the perpetrator.

Attorney Patrice Henry was unsuccessful in obtaining bail for his client and he was subsequently remanded to prison. His matter was transferred to Court Five for October 20.

Attorney-at-law Patrice Henry who represented the defendant told the court that on the day in question, when the incident is alleged to have happened, his client was at home with his wife and knows nothing about the charges for which he stands accused.

Henry added that his client was in police custody for in excess of 72 hours adding that he was arrested for the said crime along with several other persons and was mistakenly identified as the perpetrator by the virtual complainants in the matter.

The attorney then made an application that his client be admitted to reasonable bail on the grounds that he has no previous convictions, has a fixed place of abode, poses no risk of flight and has been cooperating with the police in their investigations.

DATE: 13th October, 2009.

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