North West man remanded on armed robbery charges

A North West District (NWD) man was on Tuesday remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Thirty-one-year-old Marlon Carter was slapped with two robbery charges. The Police stated that on September 10, 2019, at Five Star Backdam, NWD, Region One (Barima-Waini), while being armed with a gun, Carter attempted to rob Zamal Poliah.
The second charge stated that on August 24, 2019, at Five Star Backdam, he robbed Kumar Nandkumar of 58.3 pennyweight of raw gold valued $900,000.
According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, on the day in question, Poliah was in the company of four workers on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) heading back to camp when they were stopped by the defendant, who was armed with a gun.
The defendant then instructed them to lie on the ground and hand over their valuables; when the men failed to comply, the defendant poured gasoline on them and attempted to set them alight.
It was then the men tackled the defendant and disarmed him. The matter was reported.
In relation to the second matter, the Prosecutor told the court that the victim was at a shop when the defendant approached him from behind and dealt him two lashes to his head with a gun and relieved him of the raw gold.
The matter was reported and upon investigation, the defendant was arrested and charged.
The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted on the grounds of the serious nature of the offences and the penalties they attract.
The defendant is set to make his next court appearance on November 4, 2019 at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.