Two men accused of stealing $276,400 worth of items from the variety store where they worked were yesterday each admitted to bail in the sum of $100,000 by acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
The allegation against brothers-in-law Azan Ramjan and Hardat Rammernaught, both of 322 Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, is that between June 30 and July 14 they stole a quantity of baby wipes, skin cream, a hair dye, a sports bag and other items belonging to Raju Mirpuri, called ‘Prakash.’ The men pleaded not guilty to the larceny charge when it was read to them at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
In presenting the facts of the case, Police Corporal Venetta Pindar said that Mirpuri, owner of the variety store, made checks on June 30 and discovered the items mentioned in the charge missing.
According to Pindar, on July 14, Ramjan, who was employed as a porter at the store at the time, was caught stealing two boxes of Duracell batteries from the store.
The court then heard that the matter was reported to the police, who later conducted investigations and found stolen items at the home of the defendants. They were both subsequently arrested and charged.
Rammernaught was employed as a porter at the store.
The lawyer who represented the accused said that his clients had no knowledge of the offence.
He then made an application for the men to be granted their pre-trial liberty. The prosecution had no objection to the bail application.
The matter was later transferred to Court Five for July 29.