‘Angel’ accused of cop stick-up

Akeem Niken, 19, called ‘Angel,’ was yesterday charged with the armed robbery of a policeman.

Niken, 19, of Lot 117 Third Street, Alberttown, pleaded not guilty to the charge that he robbed Sergeant Naresh Changa of $2,500.

The charge read by Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court stated that on November 23, at Carmichael Street, Niken, armed with an ice pick, robbed Changa.

Prosecutor Renetta Bentham said that on November 23, Changa, who was returning from a wake at the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), was walking along Carmichael Street when he was confronted by Niken and two other males.

Bentham added that the three men threatened to stab Changa if he did not hand his valuables over to them. She said that the matter was later reported to the police station, and Niken was identified by Changa and subsequently arrested.

Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat made an application for reasonable bail to be granted to his client but Bentham then objected to bail, based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence and also the fact that a weapon was used. She was also concerned that if granted bail, it was very likely that Niken will not return for trial.

Bail was, however, set at $100,000 and the case was adjourned until December 5.

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