Con­victed casino rob­ber gets five years

Stabroek News Sunday - - GLOBAL GOSSIP -

Wayne Grif­fith, one of the men ac­cused of steal­ing al­most $9 mil­lion dur­ing an at­tack at the Ra­mada Princess Ho­tel casino in April last year, was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to 60 months in jail af­ter be­ing found guilty of the crime. While Grif­fith was found guilty and sen­tenced, his co-ac­cused, An­drew Black­man, was ac­quit­ted at the con­clu­sion of their trial, which was con­ducted by Prin­ci­pal Mag­is­trate Judy Latch­man. It is al­leged that Grif­fith and Black­man, while be­ing in the com­pany of oth­ers and armed with guns, robbed cashiers of $8,951,000, which was the prop­erty of the Princess Casino, on April 29th, 2017, at Prov­i­dence, East Bank De­mer­ara. A third man, Ju­nior Ste­wart, who had been charged with the crime, was freed on Novem­ber 16th af­ter the court found that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence against him.

Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28th Swan mother crit­i­cal af­ter chop­ping, at­tacker hangs self

A mother of seven was left crit­i­cal in a city hos­pi­tal last night af­ter she was se­verely chopped by her part­ner, who sub­se­quently took his own life fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment over in­fi­delity at Swan Vil­lage, Soes­dykeLin­den High­way. The at­tack dur­ing which Meli­cia An­drews, 31, was chopped about her body oc­curred around 3.30 pm. An­drews was rushed to the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal, where she was un­der­go­ing surgery last night. Her as­sailant, Ian English, 38, a labourer with whom she re­port­edly shared an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship for sev­eral years, hanged him­self af­ter the at­tack. He was dis­cov­ered hang­ing from a tree a short dis­tance away from where he car­ried out the at­tack. The cut­lass he used to chop An­drews was re­cov­ered next to his body.

Repub­lic Bank tak­ing over Sco­tia Caribbean op­er­a­tions

Sco­tia­bank yes­ter­day stun­ningly an­nounced the sale of its Caribbean branches to the Trinidad par­ent of Repub­lic Bank trig­ger­ing reg­u­la­tory con­cerns from Guyana and An­tigua and Bar­buda and rais­ing fears among hun­dreds of work­ers about their jobs. Canada-head­quar­tered Bank of Nova Sco­tia and Repub­lic Fi­nan­cial Hold­ings Lim­ited (RFHL) made sep­a­rate an­nounce­ments yes­ter­day morn­ing. Within hours, Guyana’s Min­istry of Fi­nance was ex­press­ing con­cern about the an­nounce­ment and warn­ing that any such ac­qui­si­tion would have to com­ply with the Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions Act (FIA) and re­ceive the bless­ings of the Bank of Guyana. RFHL in a re­lease from its Portof-Spain head­quar­ters said that it had en­tered a pact to ac­quire Sco­tia­bank’s bank­ing op­er­a­tions in Guyana, St. Maarten and the Eastern Caribbean ter­ri­to­ries, in­clud­ing An­guilla, An­tigua and Bar­buda, Do­minica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Ne­vis, St. Lu­cia, and St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines. The pur­chase price, it said, is US$123 mil­lion, which rep­re­sents US$25 mil­lion con­sid­er­a­tion for to­tal share­hold­ing of Sco­tia­bank An­guilla Lim­ited; and a pre­mium of US$98 mil­lion over the net as­set value for op­er­a­tions in the re­main­ing eight coun­tries. It said that the price does not in­clude any amounts re­quired to cap­i­talise the branches post-clos­ing.

Fire­men ac­cused of loot­ing Fly Ja­maica plane on $100,000 bail

Four fire­men ac­cused of pil­fer­ing items from the site of Fly Ja­maica’s re­cent crash land­ing, were yes­ter­day taken be­fore the Ge­orge­town Mag­is­trates’ court to an­swer to charges of theft. The first charge read yes­ter­day al­leged that Aubrey Frank, 30, of Kuru Ku­ruru, Lin­den-Soes­dyke High­way; Jamie Kingston, 30, of D’Ur­ban Street, Lodge and Roiden Kennedy, 27, of Timehri, on Novem­ber 9, at the Cheddi Ja­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Timehri had un­der their con­trol ar­ti­cles rea­son­ably sus­pected to have been stolen. They all de­nied the al­le­ga­tion. A fourth fire­man, Col­lis Wil­liams, 37, of Cover­den, East Bank De­mer­ara, faced a sep­a­rate charge, which al­leged that he, on Novem­ber 9, at the Cheddi Ja­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port, stole from Fly Ja­maica Air­lines flight 256, one iPhone 5, val­ued USD $350, equiv­a­lent to GYD $70,000 and a Sam­sung Galaxy S4 cell­phone, val­ued at USD $380, equiv­a­lent to GYD $76,000; prop­erty of Basil Fer­gu­son.

Ir­faan Ali on 19 fraud charges over Pradoville Two

Nine­teen charges of con­spir­acy to de­fraud by com­mon law, were yes­ter­day in­sti­tuted against for­mer PPP/C Min­is­ter of Hous­ing, Mo­hammed Ir­faan Ali by the Spe­cial Or­gan­ised Crime Unit (SOCU), af­ter nearly two years of in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The charges, which de­tail of­fences al­leged to have oc­curred be­tween the pe­riod of Septem­ber, 2010 to March 30, 2015, are in con­nec­tion with the Pradoville 2 Hous­ing Scheme on the East Coast of De­mer­ara, and in­volve hous­ing al­lo­ca­tions to six Cab­i­net mem­bers—then pres­i­dent Bhar­rat Jagdeo, Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Dr Roger Lun­cheon and min­is­ters Priya Man­ickc­hand, Dr Jen­nifer West­ford, Robert Per­saud and Cle­ment Ro­hee—along with other per­sons with con­nec­tions to the gov­ern­ment. The ba­sis of the charges is that the lands were sold far be­low their value. It is un­clear if any ac­tion is con­tem­plated against the re­cip­i­ents of the land. Ali, 38, of Lot 30 Sea Spray, Leonora, was brought into the court­room of Chief Mag­is­trate Ann McLen­nan in the com­pany of SOCU of­fi­cials, and placed in the pris­on­ers’ dock, where he awaited the read­ing of the charges.

Man gets 18 years for rape of girl, 15

Dhan­raj Per­saud was yes­ter­day morn­ing sen­tenced to 18 years be­hind bars for the rape of a girl who he said he did not know was be­low the age of con­sent as he said she had told him she was 17 years old. Jus­tice Jo-Ann Bar­low, how­ever, made it clear to the 38-year-old con­vict that the of­fence was statute-spe­cific and stressed that it was im­ma­te­rial whether he did or did not know that the child was un­der age 16. The com­plainant was in fact 15 years old when Per­saud sex­u­ally pen­e­trated her on Oc­to­ber 23rd, 2013—an act he does not deny, but held strongly, even at the point of sen­tenc­ing to what he con­sid­ered a de­fence since he did not know her true age. In a stern rep­ri­mand, Jus­tice Bar­low told the ex­pres­sion­less Per­saud who was unan­i­mously con­victed by a jury ear­lier this month that a strong mes­sage of de­ter­rence needed to be sent to not only him, but po­ten­tial of­fend­ers that it mat­ters not what they gen­uinely be­lieve the vic­tim’s age

Crit­i­cal: Meli­cia An­drews

Dead: Ian English

Wayne Grif­fith

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