A miner who allegedly snatched in excess of $1M at Bourda Market during a hold up was yesterday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
It is alleged that on September 23, 30-year-old Kelvin Singh while being armed with a gun robbed Indira Dhandoo at Bourda Market of three cellular phones valued $120,000, a quantity of gold jewellery worth $300,000 and $1,000,000 cash and also on the same day he relieved Mohammed Ameer Kareem of one Blackberry cell phone valued at $150,000.
In presenting the facts to the court Prosecutor Lionel Harvey said that on the day in question four men armed with guns went into stall 38-39 Bourda Market and removed articles from there and from the persons, amounting to a total of $1,420,000. On October 17 police acting on information apprehended Singh and he was placed on an ID parade.
However, contrary to the prosecution’s facts the defendant stated that he had been in custody for seven days and he was never identified in an ID parade. However the investigating rank stated that the defendant was only apprehended yesterday, according to the prosecution.
Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry then ordered an investigation into the defendant’s claims, stating that if they are found to be true that would be an abuse of power by the police.
Singh is the fourth person charged with the robbery of Dhandoo and Kareem. The others charged are Randy Morris, Shawn Welch and Michael Taylor.
The defendant was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next appearance in Court Five on November 10.