A 22-year-old Mabaruma man who allegedly stole a metal detector valued $400,000 from a Brazilian was yesterday placed on $200,000 bail after he appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The allegation is that between October 1 and 2 at Bruce Hotel, Port Kaituma, North West District, the accused Sherland Wong stole one metal detector valued $400,000, property of Brazilian Gevvasio Santos.
The Mabaruma resident pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
In presenting the facts to the court Prosecutor Lionel Harvey said that the VC in this matter is a Brazilian national and during the period mentioned in the charge he occupied a room at the said hotel. Harvey noted that the VC had left a friend named Floyd Willis to occupy the room and he is also a friend of the defendant. The accused subsequently asked Willis if he could stay in the room with him knowing that they are friends, the prosecutor said. He further said that the VC left a number of items in the room, including the metal detector which the accused took away.
On arrival the VC observed the item missing and had a discussion with Willis who told him that his friend had stayed in the room. The VC subsequently reported the matter and the defendant told the police that he thought that the metal detector belonged to his friend (Floyd Willis) and as a result he brought back the said item, Harvey concluded.
After presenting the facts the prosecution had no objection to bail. The matter was transferred to the Matthew’s Ridge Magistrate’s Court and adjourned until November 1.