East Canje mason remanded over shooting of goldsmith

Delroy Thomas

A Number Two Village, East Canje, Berbice mason was on Wednesday remanded to prison after he was charged with unlawfully and maliciously discharging a firearm which injured a West Coast Berbice door-to-door goldsmith last Sunday.

He was also charged with attempted robbery and fined for possession of two grammes of cannabis.

Delroy Thomas, 24, of Second Street, Number Two Village, East Canje, Berbice appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court.

Thomas was charged with unlawfully and maliciously discharging a loaded firearm on February 11 in Welfare Street, Canefield Settlement, East Canje, Berbice at Namdeo Dilchand with the intent to main, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.

He was read another charge which stated that on February 11, he attempted to commit a felony robbery under arms on Dilchand at Welfare Street, Canefield Settlement.

Police Prosecutor, Althea Soloman told the court that Dilchand could not appear in court on Wednesday since he was still hospitalised due to the gunshot wound he sustained. Thomas was not required to plead to the charges.

Meanwhile, Thomas was also charged with having in his possession two grammes of cannabis on February 12.

Thomas, a father of one pleaded guilty to the charge, claiming to the magistrate that he was “boiling” the illegal item for a head cold.

Police Prosecutor, Soloman said that Thomas was arrested while hiding in a fowl pen in a yard in Number Two Village, East Canje Berbice.

Thomas in his defence told the magistrate that he returned home late the day before he was arrested and had to sleep in the fowl pen because he was locked out of his house, a story the magistrate seemed all too familiar with, as she ended his sentence with that he was ‘locked out of his house’.

Magistrate Singh fined him $10,000 and community service for the possession of the cannabis.

He was denied bail on the other charges and will return to court on February 22.


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