Two young men were on Tuesday remanded to jail after being charged with four counts of armed robbery amounting to millions of dollars.
Alfred Hescott and Kenton Vallet are accused of, on October 23 at Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, robbing Kapil Harriprashad of 34 cell phones worth $1.5 million, the property of Nishal Ramnarine. They also allegedly robbed Harriprashad of a quantity of Guyanese and US currency amounting to $330,000.
Additionally, they are accused of robbing Kevin Moonsammy of a cellphone valued $45,000 and $20,000 cash, and Lawrence Figueira of a laptop valued $85,000, a gold ring valued $20,000 and $160,000 cash, all totalling $2.2 million.
The unrepresented duo, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, pleaded not guilty to all four charges.
Police Prosecutor Dinero Jones objected to bail being granted. He cited the seriousness and prevalence of the offence as well as the fact that a gun was used during the course of the robbery as grounds for his objection. Additionally, Jones explained that 17-year-old Hescott has an ongoing matter before another court for illegal gun possession.
As a result, both men were remanded to prison and are expected to make their next court appearance on November 19.