Soldier pleads guilty to multi-million gold heist

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Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Sergeant Keyon King on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the multi-million-dollar gold heist at Wallison Enterprise at Gordon Street, Kitty, while his two accomplices were remanded to prison.

King, 32, of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo was charged alongside two of the company’s security officers Delroy Jackson called “Bug”, 36, of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara and Peon Lee called “Nino Brown”, 35, of Mocha, East Bank Demerara. The trio appeared before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on four charges related to the robbery.

King admitted that on August 5, while being armed with guns and in the company of others, he robbed Wallison Enterprise of $38 million in local currency and $20 million worth of raw gold property of Francis Santos Lumes.

Peon Lee called “Nino Brown” and Delroy Jackson called “Bug” (Photo: Guyana Police Force/August 10, 2021)

He is expected to be sentenced at 13:30h for this offence while his co-accused pleaded not guilty to the same charge.

The trio was further slapped with three charges for carrying out the armed robbery committed on Fernanda Carmicheal of a Phone worth $350,000, Francis Santos Lumes of gold jewellery and cash amounting to $224,000, and William Batista Dasilva of a $60,000 cell phone.

The three men denied the latter three charges and were all remanded to prison until August 25.

King was unrepresented while his co-accused were represented by attorneys-at-law Dexter Todd, Dexter Smartt and Jacy Archibald.

Meanwhile, a total of $18M was found buried in King’s yard on August 8.

On the day in question, three men arrived in a white car and parked it north of the building and entered the compound, through the main gate. They reportedly indicated to the security guard that they were there to sell gold. The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras.

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