Alleged ‘chain snatcher’ released on bail

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A 19-year-old Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara resident, was, on Monday released on $150,000 bail for allegedly snatching a woman’s gold chain.

Daniel McArthur appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and was not required to enter a plea to the charge, which alleged that on April 29, 2021, at North Road, he stole from Janetta Morris, two gold chains – one valued at $126,000 and the other at $98,000.

His attorney, Dexter Todd, made an application for bail on the grounds that his client has no previous convictions and is unemployed, but is now learning a trade.

The court prosecutor objected to bail and told the court that on the day in question, McArthur allegedly snatched the victim’s chain but was caught by a minibus conductor who witnessed the incident.

McArthur was turned over to the police and he was positively identified by the victim during an identification parade. It is alleged that under caution, McArthur told the police: “Yes I did grabble the lady chain but I ain’t got it here.”

Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus released McArthur on $150,000 bail and adjourned the matter to May 17.  The magistrate also ordered McArthur to stay 100 feet away from the victim, her residence, and her workplace.

McArthur is no stranger to the court since he made his first court appearance on October 25, 2019, on two robbery charges. This matter is still ongoing before a City Magistrate.

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