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No jail for “low-level” drug offenders, possessors of small ganja amounts–prison riot inquiry recommends

The Commission of Inquiry into the 2015 fiery disturbances at the Georgetown Prison that killed 17 prisoner has recommended that no one should be jailed for possession of drugs including small amounts of marijuana for personal use, but Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams said Cabinet has not yet considered that aspect of the report. The Report ...

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Reporters threatened again as Berbice trio returns to court on more armed robbery charges

The lives and safety of four media operatives were earlier Wednesday threatened once more as three Berbice men returned to court to face several charges for robbery under arms. The trio- 18-year-old Peter Baker, 22-year-old Leroy Guevara and 28-year-old Aubrey Grant- were further remanded by Magistrate Renita Singh at the Reliance Magistrate Court after they were not required to plea ...

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Husband, wife charged with exporting raw gold

A husband and wife charged with allegedly exporting GYD$14.6 million worth raw gold without a licence were Monday granted self-bail. They are 47-seven year old Shazam Khan and 45-year old Bibi Khan of Lot 3 Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan, tbey pleaded not guilty to the charge. She released them on their own recognisance ...

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Carpenter charged with murder of Corentyne mason

Twenty-nine year-old Vijai Rigbaran was Monday charged with the murder of a Williamsburg, Corentyne mason at the Albion Magistrate Court. The father of two was not required to plea to the indictable charge read by Magistrate Renita Singh. The court heard that the accused between Tuesday 10th October and Sunday 29th October, 2017 at Williamsburg, Corentyne, he murdered 54-year-old Mohammed ...

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Truck driver charged with causing death of Armstrong brothers, one year after collision

Just over one year after two brothers were killed in an East Bank Demerara road accident, a truck driver was Tuesday charged with causing death by dangerous driving. Twenty-seven year old Gansham Das of 2233 Tuschen Housing Scheme appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ court before Chief Magistrate Ann Mclennan for causing the death of 23 year old Jonnel Armstrong, and 21-year ...

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Trinidadian, who faked kidnapping for ransom, remanded to jail

A Trinidadian national who allegedly faked his own kidnapping was Monday  morning remanded for obtaining ransom money. Thirty- three year Sawak Maraj, a mechanical engineer, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Mclennan in the Georgetown magistrates’ court denied the charge which stated that that on October 27, at Madewini Resort Timerhi, he conspired with persons to obtain US$700,000  as ransom ...

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Male sex workers, Cox and Forrester, charged with robbery

Twenty-one year old Kevin Forrester and 19-year old Godfrey Cox , both commercial sex workers, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman charged with robbery with aggravation. The charge states that on October 24 at Croal Sreet, Georgetown, they robbed Victor Best of GYD$84,000 and US$370 property of the said Victor Best. The duo denied the charge and the prosecution objected to ...

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Canadian charged with attempting to steal raw gold from mining camp

A Canadian man, who allegedly went to a mining and demanded five ounces, 15 pennyweights of raw gold, was Wednesday charged with attempting to steal. Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan granted 54-year old Elson Bettencourt GYD$100,000 bail on the condition that he lodges his passport with the Magistrates’ Court Office. He was ordered to return to court on November 8, ...

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