Technician remanded over robbery, wounding of undercover police

—allegedly stabbed him after taking gun at nightclub

Keston Duke

A 21-year-old technician was yesterday remanded to prison, after being accused of robbing and stabbing a police officer during an incident at an Alberttown nightclub last Saturday.

It is alleged that Keston Duke, of 29 Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust, in the company of others, robbed Julius Bowlin, a police officer, of a gold chain valued $21,000 and a pistol with six rounds of ammunition, valued at $125,000, property of the Guyana Police Force. The robbery is alleged to have occurred on December 15 at a club located at Lot 92 Second Street, Alberttown.

Duke was also charged with wounding Bowlin during the robbery.

Duke pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were read to him in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.

According to police prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, Duke relieved the officer of his gun and took away his gold chain but when the cop refused to comply, he dealt him several stabs. Bowlin was on undercover duty at the time of the robbery.

The prosecutor also stated that after the incident, Bowlin was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted.

The incident was captured by a CCTV camera at the club. The police found the gun in a garbage heap in South Ruimveldt, after receiving an anonymous phone call directing them to the location.

Duke was remanded to jail until January 4, 2019 for his next hearing.

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