Accused in ice-pick stick-up remanded

Dino Giddings was yesterday remanded to prison on a charge that he used an ice-pick to rob another man.
At the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Judy Latchman refused bail to Giddings, 36, of Soesdyke, who pleaded not guilty to a change of armed robbery.

It is alleged that on April 2, at Breda Street, Werk-en-Rust, Giddings, armed with an ice-pick, robbed Ray Simon of a BlackBerry smartphone, a gold chain and a gold band, among other items, which amounted to $179,000 in value.

Attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat, who represented Giddings at his arraignment, repeatedly asked that his client be admitted to bail, while saying he is the sole breadwinner of his family. He also said Giddings, who works as a porter at National Hardware, is willing to attend his trial to clear his name.

Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt objected to bail, saying he did not think Giddings would return to court to stand trial. He also noted that such attacks are prevalent in the society today.
As a result, bail was refused and Giddings was remanded until April 17.

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