Nine men charged with terrorism crimes, released on $300,000 bail
Nine men were released on $300,000 bail each for terrorism crimes committed during an unrest at the Mon Repos market, East Coast Demerara in June 2022 when they appeared in court on Monday.
Tony MacKinnon, Carlos Kingston, Terrence Adolphus Nedd, Antony English, Keon Glasgow, Jullian Peters, Mark Hercules, Dave Berkshire and Phillip Burke all appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court.
The men were charged under the Acts of Terrorism, Contrary to Section 309 (A) (1) (b) (ii) of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Chapter 8:01.
It is alleged that on June 28, 2022, between Golden Grove and Mon Repos, the defendants together with others, with the intent to strike terror, used wood and other materials to block, burn and damage the public road.
The charge was laid indicatable and the men were not required to enter a plea.
Burke was represented by attorney Eusi Anderson, while the others were represented by attorneys Dexter Todd and Dexter Smartt.
Magistrate George released the men on $300,000 bail each and ordered them to lodge their passports with the court. The men will also have to report to the Cove and John Police Station on the 14 of each month.
The matter is adjourned until February 28, 2023.
The men hail from the communities of Golden Grove, Nabacalis, Enmore and Haslington along the East Coast of Demerara.
On June 28, 2022, a protest turned violent at the Mon Repos Market where vendors were robbed and beaten by rioters while their vehicles were burnt and their stalls destroyed.
The rioting stemmed from protests over the police killing of Quindon Bacchus at Haslington during an alleged undercover operation.
Three others are still wanted by the police.