Guyana Chronicle:– A 20-year-old horse cart operator, who told the court that he stole a man’s motorcycle to purchase a new horse, was on Friday, July 5, 2019, sentenced to one year imprisonment.
Ken Dass of Broad Street, Charlestown appeared before Principal Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to a simple larceny charge and two armed robbery charges.
Particulars of the simple larceny charge read that between July 1, 2019 and July 2, 2019 at Ketley Street, Georgetown, he stole motorcycle bearing registration CJ 8934 valued $180,000, property of Andre Heywood.
The unrepresented youth told the court that he stole the motorcycle so he could have sold it to purchase a new horse.
Dass further told the court that he is the sole breadwinner of his younger sibling since his mother passed away recently.
Police Prosecutor, Adduni Innis, told the court that on July 1, 2019, Heywood parked his motorcycle in the compound of the Ketley Primary School for safe keeping, however, upon his return the school’s security guard informed him that the bike was stolen.
The matter was reported to the police and an investigation was launched.
Hours later, Dass was arrested by police after being involved in an accident the along the East Bank Demerara on the stolen motorcycle.
The magistrate sentenced him to one year imprisonment on that charge.
Meanwhile, Dass pleaded guilty to the two robbery charges.
Particulars of the first charge alleged that on June 27, 2019 at Lombard Street, Charlestown, Dass, while being in the company of others and armed with a cutlass, robbed Tracy Greaves of an $18,000 cellphone.
The second charge alleged that on the same day and at the same location, Dass, while being in the company of others and armed with a cutlass, robbed Tandy Whittaker of a handbag containing a cell phone, some documents and other items amounting to $104,500.
According to Inniss, Dass was committed to stand trial at the High Court for attempted murder and was released on $300,000 bail pending his hearing.
It is alleged that Dass committed these crimes while out on bail. The magistrate remanded Dass on those charges until August 2, 2019, when he would make an appearance to answer to the robbery charges.