Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine– Beharry granted a taxi driver accused of robbing a man of gold jewellery $50,000 bail when he appeared before her in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that Brian Fox, 38, on October 15, allegedly robbed the virtual complainant Zahir Ali of two gold chains valued $180,000. Fox pleaded not guilty to the charge, telling the court that he had twice been placed on an identification parade and the VC did not identify him as the culprit on either occasion.
“Your worship on the day in question I was at my girlfriend for the entire day… I lent the vehicle to my stepson on that day… I does work very hard to make a living… I even cooperated with the police to carry out investigation in relations to this matter,” he said.
Prosecutor Lionel Harvey told the court that on the day in question two identified men walked up to Ali, snatched his chain and escaped in vehicle number HA 9038. He said the defendant was later seen driving the said vehicle and when questioned by the police the man said that his stepson had used the car earlier on the said day. Harvey said the accused had denied any knowledge of the robbery but he was arrested and charged.
After listening to the facts the Magistrate granted Fox $80,000 bail; however, he pleaded with the court for the sum to be reduced, explaining that “I ain’t get pay for the month as yet… my salary is only $50,000 your worship.”