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Kaituma gold heist mastermind refused bail

Neville Chandrawattie being escorted out of the Courthouse

A man who allegedly hatched a plan to steal a quantity of cash and almost GUY100 million in raw gold by putting sleeping pills in his co-workers’ porridge was Friday arraigned for the theft.

29-year old Neville Chandrawattie was not required to plea to the indictable offence of allegedly stealing 96 ounces of raw gold and cash totalling GUY$93 million from El Dorado Trading, Port Kaituma on November 8.

Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry refused bail and remanded the accused to prison until November 26.

Particulars of the alleged offence are that Chandrawattie knew the General Manager of the company, Amirullah Kuturatullah, who was previously charged in connection with the offence.

Chandrawattie, according to the prosecutor, confessed to investigators that he had been involved in early plans for the heist. He also led police to Kuturatullah where a quantity of cash and gold were discovered. He also allegedly handed over stolen items he had in his possession.

Chandrawattie and Kuturatullah allegedly facilitated the entry of another accused, Anil Diaram, to the premises where he hid under a bed.

The prosecution further alleged that Chandrawattie put sleeping pills in the porridge belong to a number of workers. When they slept, Diaram allegedly tied up the workers while Chandrawattie packed the cash and precious yellow metal in bags.

The booty was allegedly handed over to Diaram who fled the crime scene.