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No bail for alleged robber shot by businessman

Thursday, May 15, 2014

One of the two men injured during a robbery at a San Fernando business place last Wednesday was denied bail on nine charges arising out of the incident. Matthew Bruce, 25, of Tarouba Road, Marabella, appeared before San Fernando Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington. The charges stemmed from an armed robbery at an import/export business place at Hobson Street, San Fernando, in which three people were robbed.


As the men were trying to escape the owner Winston Wei Lung Chung shot them with his licenced gun. The other man was shot dead. The charges against Bruce included four arms and ammunition charges, discharging a gun within 40 yards of Hobson Street, a public road, robbing Chung of $20,000 and a $200 cordless phone, robbing Nazareen Panday of an $800 cellphone and Kelly Bakarali of a $3,000 phone and shooting at Chung.


He was not called upon to plead to the charges which were filed indictably. The charging officer, PC Heeralal, said a shotgun was recovered on the crime scene. Asking for bail, Bruce’s attorney Shaun Teekasingh said Bruce had one previous conviction but two pending charges at the Chaguanas Magistrates Court for possession of ammunition and a gun. He also complained his client was injured in his neck and genitals and the police refused to take him for further medical treatment. 


Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan produced Bruce’s criminal record which confirmed the previous matters. He said Bruce was taken for medical treatment. Teekasingh agreed that he had initially received medical treatment. However, he said Bruce’s injuries were now infected. The magistrate refused bail, saying Bruce allegedly committed these offences while he was on bail for similar offences. He advised him of his right to apply to a judge in chambers for bail.


The matter was adjourned to June 12.


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