‘Mad Max’ remanded for robbery spree, shooting at police, gun possession


Rawle Franklin called “Mad Max” and “Rawle Dog” was on Friday remanded to prison for a series of armed robberies, including the abduction of a taxi driver and shooting at the police.

Franklin, 33 of Sparendaam Housing Scheme, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

He was slapped with two counts of robbery, discharging a loaded firearm at police, and one count of gun possession.

Particulars of the first charge alleged that on August 19, at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, Franklin discharged a loaded firearm at the police with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm.

The second charge alleged that on the same date and location, Franklin had a 9mm pistol along with a magazine containing three live 9mm rounds in his possession when he was not a licensed firearm holder

The third charge alleged that on August 18, at Kitty, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Ershad Mohammed of a haversack and other items totaling $310,000.

The last charge alleged that on the same date, at Thomas Land, Franklin, while being armed with a gun, and in the company of others, robbed Brindsley Thom of two cell phones, a wallet, and cash, totaling $253,000.

Franklin was not required to plead to any of the charges except the gun possession charge, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris told the court that before his arraignment, Franklin appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court and was remanded to prison for a series of crimes committed along the East Coast of Demerara.

Morris told the court that Franklin was slapped with 10 counts of armed robbery including the recent abduction of taxi driver Joshua Singh, along with two counts of larceny.

The prosecutor objected to the accused being released on bail since he has pending matters before the courts.

Magistrate Daly upheld the prosecutor’s objection and remanded Franklin to prison until November 14.

On Monday, Franklin’s co-accused Emmanuel Hale, 18, and Hamza Samuels called Bad Coolie, 32, were charged for the spate of crimes.

The men were nabbed by police officers during a robbery spree which eventually led to them trading bullets with the police on August 19.

The other bandits are allegedly Andrew Newyear called Blackboy and Romario Hudson called Mario.

Newyear subsequently died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), while police are still on the hunt for Hutson.

Franklin is no stranger to the courts. In 2017, he was sentenced to four years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

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