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Police crackdown on Sophia-based robbers continues

Romario Butler

Police appear to be targeting bandits in Sophia who prey on persons on the lower East Coast and Georgetown  seawall.

Arrested and charged are two young men and a male teenager for allegedly robbing Roy Voix of one HTC mobile phone and two silver and gold rings with a total value of GUY$37,000 as well as one Toyota Spacio motor car, PPP 8740 worth GUY$2.5 million. The car is owned by Keith Edwards.

Those charged with armed robbery are 29-year old Compton Semple of 375 B Field, Sophia, 19-year old Romario Butler of 386 B Field Sophia and a 16-year old boy also of B Field. The names of accused minors are usually withheld from publication. The trio allegedly committed the offence on June 5 at the Georgetown Seawall.

City Magistrate, Judy Latchman refused them bail and ordered that they be remanded until September 30, 2014  when they will appear before City Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.

Butler was represented by Ronald Burch-Smith whose bail application was unsuccessful. The teenager ‘s Defence Lawyer is Kendacie Rodney. Semple, who is a minibus driver, was not represented by a lawyer.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Michael Grant opposed bail on grounds of the severity of the offence and a weapon was allegedly used during the robbery.

Sophia is well-regarded as a staging ground for bandits who rob persons on the seawall, Cummings Lodge, Turkeyen, Meadow Brook, Bel Air, and Kitty-Campbellville.