Men who allegedly robbed businessman of over $3M granted bail

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A 58-year-old taxi driver and two labourers were placed on $250,000 bail each on Monday for allegedly robbing a businessman of over $3M.

The taxi driver, Afzal Khan of Chateau Margot, East Coast Demerara (ECD); 40-year-old Quacy Fung-A-Fat, a labourer of Annandale, ECD; and 32-year-old Jason Staunton, a labourer of lot 17 Samatta Point East Bank Demerara (EBD), were charged on Monday for the simple larceny committed on 42-year-old Deonarine Harripersaud called ‘Chona.’

The men appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Renita Singh where they pleaded not guilty. In addition to the bail; they were ordered to lodge their Guyana passport and report to the Brickdam police station every Friday.

The matter was adjourned to December 23 at the No.51 Magistrate’s Court.

The News Room reported that Harripersaud of Nauth Village, Corentyne Berbice was robbed of G$3,019,000 and $7,270 Suriname dollars (G$100,750) on Friday last at #66 Village, Corentyne Berbice.

He withdrew the money from several banks in Corriverton and was using it to pay workers. He stopped at the # 66 Fishery and left the money in a haversack in his car in the front passenger seat and made his way into the Fishing Complex to drop off a tool for his workers who were fixing his boat.

Upon his return to the vehicle, the businessman noticed that the haversack was missing, and further checks found that the lock on the passenger side was tampered with.

Harripersaud received information that a white Toyota Allion car stopped next to his vehicle and someone went into the car and took out his haversack. The businessman then made a report at the #51 Police Station.

Based on intelligence received, ranks went to Liverpool Village, Corentyne, Berbice and stopped a white Toyota Allion, which was proceeding west on the said public road.

“They were told of their suspicion, arrested and escorted to the Whim Police Station where a search was conducted on their persons and the said motor car. Police found, on the front passenger seat, a grey haversack which contained a quantity of Guyana and Suriname dollars,” a police report noted.

Police also recovered Harripersaud’s passport and bank books.

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