Gunman in casino robbery jailed for 60 months
A 60-month jail sentence was on Monday handed down to 29-year-old Wayne Griffith who was found guilty of the $9M armed robbery committed on the Ramada Princess Hotel casino in 2016.
Griffith of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara was jointly charged with Andre Blackman, 35, of Middle Street, McDoom, East Bank Demerara and Junior Stewart, 30, of Thomas Street, Kitty. They are accused of robbing Daniel Roberts and Alfea Gajadhar of $8,951,000 on April 29, 2016.
The money was the property of the Princess Casino, on April 29, 2016, at Providence, East Bank Demerara.
Blackman and Stewart were acquitted from the charge after the Magistrate found that the police failed to make a case against them.
The Magistrate, after considering the evidence of the case and the fact that Griffith was caught red-handed by the Police at the Casino, found that he was guilty as charged.
Griffith began arguing with the Magistrate as she was reading her decision and he did not cooperate when she requested that he provide reasons why he should not face the full brunt of the law.
As such, Griffith was handed down the full penalty which is attached to the robbery charge.
According to reports, at about 03:20hrs on April 29, 2016, gunmen invaded the casino and engaged in a shootout that wounded a Police officer and four others.
Griffith was the alleged gunman and was captured at the scene and reportedly provided Police with information that led to the arrest of the others.