New charge lands robbery accused on remand

Junior Nurse, who was on bail for robbery, yesterday found himself before a city court once more facing another robbery charge, only this time he was remanded to prison.

Nurse appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts 8 & 9 and denied the charge of robbery with violence when it was read to him.

The police say Nurse, 22, of 21 Hill Street, Albouystown, on February 26, robbed Champawattie Singh of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, valued $60,000, and immediately before or after the commission of the offence he used personal violence against the woman.

Singh, who was present at Nurse’s arraignment, told the court that she and some of her co-workers were walking along Regent Street when Nurse grabbed her hand and demanded that she release her phone.

She said she refused the order and wrestled with Nurse, who wrung her hand, forcing her to let go of the phone. Nurse then escaped with the device.

Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman said after an alarm was raised, public-spirited persons chased after Nurse, who was caught and subsequently handed over to the police.

Blackman objected to bail and mentioned the seriousness of the crime as well as the fact that Nurse is before the court on a similar charge.

Nurse, however, begged the magistrate for lenience, while he maintained his innocence. He also accused the police of beating and injuring him as well as refusing to take a statement from him and denying him medical attention.

The magistrate informed Nurse that she noted his report and she ordered the police to take his statement and facilitate medical attention for him if necessary. She, however, refused bail and the case was adjourned to March 5th, for the filing of statements.

Last September, Nurse along with Adrian Bishop and Devon Forde appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman and they were read a charge that on August 31 at Georgetown, with other persons, they robbed Ramanand Jagdeo of goods all together valuing $1,754,000 and a Toyota Spacio car valued $3.7 million and belonging to Linda Bonita. Each man was granted $100,000 bail.


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