South Ruimveldt man remanded on robbery, drug charges

A suspected robber who was allegedly nabbed with drugs was remanded to prison yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

The accused Ijah Byron, of South Ruimveldt, was charged with robbing Dawn McDonald of two gold chains, valued $161,000, at gunpoint. The man allegedly committed the offence on October 1, last year.

Byron was not required to plead to the charge.

The other charge levelled against Byron is that on January 6, the man had four grammes of cannabis in his possession. The accused pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him.

In presenting the police’s case to the court, Prosecutor Lionel Harvey said that on October 1, McDonald and friends were hanging out at shop in Albouystown, when they were confronted by the accused, who approached them and pointed a gun to the woman’s head. Harvey added that the armed man subsequently took the weapon and forced it into McDonald’s mouth as he demanded the chains.

Harvey also said that on January 6, McDonald saw Byron and informed a neighbour, who later alerted the police. The man was pointed out to the police and he was arrested. Harvey noted that a search was conducted on the accused and a quantity of seeds, leaves and stems, suspected to be cannabis, was discovered.

Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, after listening to the prosecutor, remanded Byron to prison.

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