Youths charged with stabbing, robbing undercover cop

Joshua Austin

Two youths were granted bail yesterday after they denied stabbing a police officer and robbing him of his service weapon in an attack last month near a city nightclub.

Joshua Austin, 19, and Kester Duke, 21, both pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday when they appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in Georgetown.

It was alleged that both Austin and Duke, in the company of others at Lot 92 Second Street, Alberttown, on December 15th, 2018, robbed Julius Bowlin of a .32 revolver, valued $125,000 and the property of the Guyana Police Force, as well as a gold chain, valued $20,000. It was also alleged that on the same date, both Austin and Duke, in the company of others, unlawfully wounded Bowlin.

The court heard that at the time of the attack, Bowlin was performing undercover duties next to a nightclub, when he was robbed by Austin and Duke, among others, and later stabbed. The attack was captured by CCTV cameras. The stolen gun was later recovered in a garbage heap in South Ruimveldt.

With their not guilty pleas, Austin and Duke were subsequently asked to post $100,000 bail each for their release.

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