Saturday, December 16, 2017

Two more suspects appear in court

...both granted bail at $.5m


robbery accused: Jagdesh Ramnarine, centre, is taken to the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court yesterday after he was charged with breaking and entering and stealing $4.5 million in the a Republic Bank robbery on Carnival Saturday.

Mark Fraser

Two more men have appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate, in connection with the Carnival weekend robbery at Republic Bank where an estimated $4.5 million was stolen.

Clyde Cox, 48, and Jagdesh Ramnarine, 33, both of Freeport, appeared yesterday mor­ning before Magistrate Ejenny Espinet in the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ First Court.

It is alleged on a date between February 28 and March 1, at the Republic Bank Ltd branch along the Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande, both Cox and Ramnarine committed the offences of breaking and entering into the com­pound and stealing an estimated $4.5 million. 

The men also allegedly stole a quantity of cash, inclusive of US$8,000, £1,768 and 340 euros. 

The charges were laid indictably and the two men were not called upon to enter a plea. 

Attorneys Shivanand Du­bay and Keith Beckles represented Ramnarine and Cox respectively. 

Both attorneys made bail applications on behalf of their clients, emphasising the accused men had been very co-op­erative with the police during the course of the investigations. 

However, when the matter was called and the attorneys learned the police had yet to procure official background tracings on their clients for the courts, they asked for the matter to be stood down to give the officers a chance to obtain the relevant information before the end of the day.

“Your Worship, this is unacceptable. My client has been in custody for nine days. This is blatant disregard, on behalf of the police, for them to come to court today and request additional time for a tracing. Mea­sures could have been put in place a long time ago for this to be done, so that we could proceed with this matter as soon as possible,” Beckles said. 

After further deliberations with the court, the matter was eventually stood down. When it resumed later in the afternoon and the relevant information was procured, Espinet granted both men bail at $500,000 to be approved by a Clerk of the Peace. 

One of the conditions of the bail was that both men are to report to the police twice a week. 

The matter was then adjourned to April 10 where they will join five other men who have been charged for the Republic Bank robbery. 

These men are Chaitram Mohammed, 27, of Vega de Oro­­pouche, Toco Road, Sangre Grande; Navin Juteram, 34, of Mohammed Drive, Sangre Grande; Jason Villafana, 41, of Guaico Village, Sangre Gran­­­­de; Kumar Narine, 21, of Freeport; and Sateesh Boodram, 33, of East Dinsley Gardens, Trincity.

Inspector Wayne Doodhai is the complainant in the matter. 

Inspector Singh and Sgt Harper of the Eastern Division assisted with enquiries.