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Teens in court for armed robbery

By Innis Francis innis.francis@trinidadexpress.com

A 17-year-old charged with robbery and weapons offences was denied bail on Tuesday and told he would not be sent to St Michael’s Home for Boys, but instead to the Remand Section of Golden Grove Prison, Arouca.

San Fernando Second Court Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran said the teenager, of Bay Shore, Marabella, had two pending criminal matters.

The magistrate asked the teenager his age and, when a date of birth was given, he said: “Okay, yes, you are right. You are 17. What, I will send him to St Michael’s to run away? Let him go up.”

On April 25, the teenager and Ashwad Pilgrim, 18, also of Marabella, were charged with a series of offences.

It is alleged the two had in their possession a firearm with the intention to endanger life, a firearm without a licence and them not being the holders exempted under the Firearms Act, and possession of ammunition without a licence and not being the holder exempted under the Firearms Act.

They were also charged with shooting at Norris Jones with the intention to do grievous bodily harm and discharging a firearm 40 yards from Boodoosingh Drive, Marabella, a public place.

The charges were laid indictably and they were not called on to enter a plea.

Court prosecutor Veano Ragoo said the two also allegedly robbed Jones of a gold chain worth $1,500, a watch worth $1,650, a gold ring worth $1,800 and $1,950, while using personal violence.

Ragoo objected to bail, saying it was based on the serious nature of the charges and the circumstances surrounding the 17-year-old’s criminal history.

He said Pilgrim was likely to skip bail.

Magistrate Ramsaran denied bail to both and advised them of their right to apply to a judge in chambers for bail. He told prosecutor Ragoo to have all the witness statements ready in 28 days.

Magistrate Ramsaran said: “Take them away,” and adjourned the matter to May 29.

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