Man who tied up boss, raided mining camp jailed for 18 months; other remanded

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Twenty-five-year-old old mines worker Terrence Bacchus was on Monday sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on two charges of armed robbery.

Bacchus faced a joint charge with Titus Valenzuela, 18, for allegedly tying up their boss and then raiding his mining camp. They both appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

Bacchus confessed to the charges while his accomplice denied; Valenzuela was remanded to prison until January 9,2020 when the matter will be heard at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.

The first indictment read that Bacchus and Venezuela, on December 27, 2019 at Takutu Backdam, Cuyuni River, while being armed with weapons robbed Joao Dsosristinto of a quantity of items valued $ 1.1M.

The second allegation was that under the same circumstances, on the day in question, they robbed Candace Ramos of a Samsung cell phone valued $58,000.

According to reports, Dsosristinto is a Brazilian national and owns a mining operation at Takutu Backdam where he employed both men.

On the day in question, Bacchus and Valenzuela stormed the mining camp and tied their boss up with ropes and then raided the mining camp, making good their escape with cash, gold and other items.

The matter was reported to the police after the victims managed to untied themselves.

The police launched an investigation and the two defendants were nabbed in Bartica with some of the stolen items.

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