An ex-police officer who pleaded not guilty to the charge of robbery under arms was yesterday remanded to prison after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The allegation against 21-year old Alarzas Deodat is that on August 12 at Ruimveldt Public Road, Georgetown, being armed with a dangerous weapon, he robbed Keith Mohabir of $18,000 and one Samsung cell phone valued $55,000, property of the said Mohabir.
According to the facts presented to the court by the prosecution, on the day in question at around 22:56 hrs the victim who is a taxi driver was proceeding north along the Ruimveldt Public Road on the western carriageway in motor car, No. HB 3887, in the vicinity of Didco and Chillies Bar when he was flagged down by the accused who was in the company of two others. They requested to be taken to Stabroek Market.
However, as the suspects were about to enter the car one of them placed a gun to the VC’s neck while one of the others placed a knife to the said VC’s neck. The other suspect who was unarmed then relieved the victim of the articles mentioned in the charge and they all made good their escape in the River View area. The accused was later arrested and told of the allegation and was charged with the offence.
The matter will be called again on September 12.