Colwyn Harding was on Wednesday granted his release on $50,000 bail after denying that he robbed a woman of over $200,000 in items.
“I don’t know nothing ’bout no robbery,” Harding told city magistrate Fabayo Azore, who read the charge which stated that on April 15, at Lime Street, he stole three phones, valued at $160,000, a $48,000 pair of eye glasses and a $3,000 purse from the person of Gray Margaret Baird.
Harding adamantly denied the charge. The prosecutor told the court that the file was incomplete and presented no details in relation to the matter.
However, Baird, frustrated and in tears, told the court that without her glasses she can’t see properly and her family has been left traumatised because of the incident. She noted that she just wanted the person who took the items to return them.
When granted the opportunity to speak, Harding stated that he told the police that he did not rob the woman but was willing to assist them in finding the person responsible. He too began to cry, while stating that he had done his time in jail before and that he was doing well until the police picked him up and accused him of the robbery.
According to Harding, his sister wears glasses and he knows how important an individual’s eyes are and did not want to see the complainant crying because she cannot see properly. He further stated that he would even help to purchase Baird’s glasses so she would no longer be in distress but again he requested that the police look for the right person.
Harding was later granted bail and the case was adjourned until May 3.
Harding came to public attention in late 2013 after he alleged that he was raped with a baton by a police rank.
In 2014, Devin Singh, of Lot 125 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, and Roslyn Tilbury-Douglas, of Timehri, East Bank Demerara, were jointly charged with assaulting Harding between November 1 and November 13, 2013, at the Timehri Police Station. Singh also faced an additional assault charge.
The charges were eventually dismissed by Magistrate Leron Daly at the Providence Magistrate’s Court due to insufficient evidence.