Man, 20, jailed for armed robbery; possession of unlicensed gun

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Twenty-year-old Daniel McArthur was on Monday sentenced to two years, six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm.

McArthur, of South Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara, who is currently on bail for robbery, appeared before Magistrate Dylon Bess at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court.

He admitted that at his home on November 11, 2021, he had one .32 revolver in his possession along with two live rounds, when he was not a licensed firearm holder.

He pleaded not guilty to the other firearm charge which alleged that on the same day, he had a Glock .40 pistol along with six matching rounds in his possession.

Meanwhile, the young man also pleaded guilty to the armed robbery committed on a taxi driver on November 10, at Ogle Access Road, ECD.

The court heard that on November 11, a party of police went to McArthur’s house to make an arrest since he was wanted in connection with the armed robbery.

McArthur reportedly scaled the fence with a grey bag and the police gave chase during which he was caught.

It is alleged that the bag was retrieved from a nearby house and a search found the two loaded firearms. It is alleged that under caution, McArthur admitted ownership of the firearms.

It is further alleged that while being interrogated by police, he admitted to being involved in the robbery committed on the taxi driver.  He was positively identified by the taxi driver when placed on an identification parade.

Magistrate Bess sentenced McArthur to serve a total of two years, six months for the charges he admitted to, and remanded him until January 4, 2022 for the lone charge to which he pleaded not guilty.

McArthur is no stranger to the court; he is currently before the said court for allegedly robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint of his car and other valuables. He also has two other similar matters before the courts.

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