Wismar man accused of shooting at cops remanded on weapon, ammo charges

Lloyd Johnson after he was arraigned yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts

A robbery suspect, who was shot during an armed confrontation with police last year, was finally arraigned yesterday on charges of illegal possession of a gun and ammunition and shooting a man.

Lloyd Johnson, 39, of Lot 184 Wismar, Linden, stands accused of having a .32 revolver in his possession on November 26, 2013, at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, without being licensed to carry the weapon. He was also accused of having three .32 rounds of ammunition as well as discharging a round, shooting Leslie Eastman, with the intent to maim, disfigure, causing grievous bodily harm.

However Johnson was not required to plead to the indictable offences, when the charges were read to him by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday.

Lloyd Johnson after he was arraigned yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts
Lloyd Johnson after he was arraigned yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts

The court heard that that the police, acting on information, went to the defendant’s home at Liliendaal on November 26, and met him. According to police prosecutor Michael Grant, Johnson drew a gun from his waist and discharged rounds at the police. He was then shot and later hospitalised, Grant added.

The court heard that after being released from the hospital, Johnson was placed on bail pending the conclusion of the investigations. However, Grant said all attempts made by the police to contact Johnson when the investigations were completed were futile. It was not until Tuesday, August 5, when he showed up at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters to claim his bail money that Johnson was arrested and slapped with the charges, Grant told the court.

However, Johnson’s attorney, Denise Hodge, told the court that her client was conversing with other persons when the police approached him. Hodge told the court that her client “like any other individual” became afraid and ran from the police.

Johnson she added was then shot by the police. She further mentioned that her client “recently went into the interior” to work, contrary to the police’s assertions that he was unreachable since he was discharged from the hospital.

Hodge made a failed bail application. She told the court that her client was informed by the police that he was wrongfully shot by them and that no charge would be levelled against him.

Grant in reply told the court that the police never had such an arrangement with the defendant.

 

He objected to bail, while stating that extreme violence was used during the commission of the crime and that Johnson went missing after he was discharged from the hospital. Johnson’s admission to a previous charge also did not aid his bail application.

Subsequently, the Chief Magistrate remanded Johnson to prison and transferred the matter to the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, where it will be called today.

Comments  

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe after assault allegation in South Africa

Grace Mugabe   HARARE,  (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe returned from South Africa early today, state media reported, after a 20-year-old model accused her of assault in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.

QC boy scores 25 CSEC passes

Michael Bhopaul, 16, doesn’t know if he is this year’s best performer at    the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) Examinations, but with preliminary results showing that he has obtained passes in 25 subjects, he will be hard to top.

By ,

Lusignan prisoners turn over weapons, apologise after unrest

Inmates at the Lusignan Prison turned over 33 improvised weapons yesterday morning to prison authorities, who say that they also apologised to the prison staff for the unrest at the facility on Friday night.

Berbice lawyer arrested after alleged hit and run

Well known Berbice attorney Chandra Sohan was arrested on Friday after he allegedly struck a pedestrian in a hit and run accident along the Williamsburg Public Road.

Linden church leader stages march against homosexuality

For a little more than an hour yesterday, the streets outside the Mackenzie Market rang with the voices of dozens of Linden residents who turned out to support a march against homosexuality.

By ,

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×