Armed robbery accused was positively ID’ed by victims – court hears

Winston Long

The 21-year-old accused in the robbery of two men, who were attacked by bandits armed with a cutlass, was remanded to prison on Wednesday after a city magistrate was told that he was positively identified by both victims

The first charge alleged that Winston Long on August 27th, 2018, at High Street, Werk-en-Rust, in the company of another and armed with a cutlass, robbed Arif Wahab of an iPhone 5S, valued $75,000.

It is also alleged that on the same day in the company of another and armed with a cutlass, Long robbed Krishna Seenaraine of $4,000.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Police prosecutor Quinn Harris objected to bail being granted, citing the seriousness of the offence.

The police’s case is that on the day in question at approximately 2.15 am, the complainants left a stall when they were approached by the defendant, who was armed with a cutlass.

The court was told that Long asked Wahab and Seenaraine to hand over their valuables. The complainants complied and subsequently reported the attack to the police.

After Long was arrested, he was positively identified by both complainants, the court heard.

Long, however, told the court that he had no knowledge of the allegations laid against him, while stating that he was beaten by the police when they arrested him.

Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, who presided over the reading of the charges, remanded Long to prison and adjourned the proceedings until September 26th.

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