Taxi driver charged with armed robbery

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A 27-year-old taxi driver was remanded to prison by Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer on Monday for armed robbery.

Casey Chapman of South Sophia pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on May 22, 2018 at Georgetown, while being armed with a gun and in the company of others, robbed Rishi Prashad of a Primo motor car valued $1.7M, a cell phone, a gold chain along with cash amounting to $260,000.

Chapman was represented by Attorney-at-law Siand Dhurjon who made an unsuccessful plea for bail.

Police Prosecutor, Arwin Moore told the court that Chapman along with two others was recently busted in the stolen motor car at Princess and High Street, Georgetown during a sting operation by the police.

The men were also caught with illegal firearms and ammunition.

It is alleged that Chapman was operating the car as a taxi with a fake license plate.

The Prosecutor said he was positively identified during an ID parade by the victim.

Bail was opposed on the grounds that Chapman is facing similar charges which involved the robbery of a Brazilian businesswoman of $1.4M worth in items on July 5, 2017, at Rome, East Bank Demerara.

He was remanded to prison until January 25, 2019.

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