West Bank man slapped with more criminal charges

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A day after 30-year-old Steve Hercules was charged with several counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and fabricating a vehicle license plate, he appeared this morning at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court, where he was slapped with another charge of stealing a car during an armed robbery.

Hercules, a taxi driver of Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied that on March 25, 2018, at Princes Street, Lodge, while being armed with a gun, he stole a motor car along with cash and other items totalling $3.7M.

He was remanded to prison until April 30. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and fined $800,000 after he pleaded guilty to the illegal firearm, ammo and false license plate charges.

The car which Hercules allegedly stole

Hercules along with five others were charged before Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Tuesday at the Providence Magistrate’s Court after they were caught in a stolen car during a roadblock at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on April 10, moments after they attempted to rob a poultry farmer.

Hercules, along with Nabadinghi Gobin, 33, of Charlotte Street, Bourda; Renard Khan, 31 of Cooper Street, Albouystown; Mark Prince, 39, Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara; Edward Skeete, 30, of Independence Boulevard and Marvin Blackman, 27, of South Ruimveldt were charged jointly.

News Room had earlier reported that the men were intercepted in motor-car HC 4543, in which police found a sledgehammer, two pairs of unused latex gloves, $1,420 in cash, trade plates marked ‘Akbar 2’, a red haversack with the guns and ammunition inside.

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