Vendor charged over knife-point robbery

-a case of mistaken identity, lawyer says

A vendor was yesterday accused of robbing a woman of two gold chains at knife point

Dwayne Griffith, 26, of 110 Tucville, was not required to plead to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

It was alleged that on June 13, at Georgetown, while armed with a knife, Griffith robbed Kemwattie Persaud of two gold chains, valued $115, 000.

No details of what transpired on the day in question were related to the court.

The prosecution objected to bail being granted, citing the amount of money involved and that a knife was used in connection with the offence.

But attorney George Thomas, who represented Griffith, told the court that the actual named perpetrator came forward on Monday.

Thomas said there was a case of a possible mistaken identity as the defendant and the alleged perpetrator have similar hairstyles.

Counsel also said the amount involved is not a factor that should be taken into consideration in granting bail, but whether the accused will return to court and he assured that his client is not a flight risk.

Bail was set at $150,000 and the case was adjourned until July 19.