Three fishermen who reportedly stole a boat belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) found themselves before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Taijram Roopnarine, 38, and Hemchan Kenswain, 21, both of Lot 67 Annandale Market Road, ECD, and Nazim Khan, 44, of Lot 265 Narine Street, Annandale were not required to plead to the indictable charge. An alleged accomplice, Shameer Mohamed, was also charged, but did not make an appearance in court.The prosecution is alleging that while the vessel was in the vicinity of a wharf at Ruimveldt, Georgetown on July 2, the men stole the vessel, valued at $2.5 million and belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority.According to facts presented to the court, on July 2, law enforcement officers of the GRA carried out a search exercise in the same area where they seized a 55-foot wooden vessel and docked same at the Ruimveldt wharf.However, at about 02:15h the same day, the vessel went missing. A search was carried out, and the vessel was allegedly seen being towed by a smaller boat being operated by Kenswain.The men were subsequently arrested. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to the men being placed on bail, but asked that they each lodge their travel documents and report to the Ruimveldt Police Station every Friday.The men were each placed on $350,000 bail. The matter will continue of July 20.
Eleven inmates of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) on Thursday received pardons from President David Granger. These comprise nine females and two males between the ages 13 and 17.According to the Government in a release, the pardons will take effect from Thursday, December 20, 2018.It is expected that this expression of compassion and humanity by the Head of State will result in families being reunited, with the pardoned offenders leading good and fruitful lives henceforth. Since his ascent to office, President Granger has pardoned dozens of prisoners.On Wednesday, the President pardoned three female prisoners, thus allowing them to be home for Christmas.The three women were pardoned pursuant to presidential powers under Article 188(2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.The trio – Joanna Beckles, 26; Felicia Henry, 22 and Keysha Gibbs, 17 – who were all at the New Amsterdam Prison for various offences will be released today. The women have all served a portion of their respective sentences for larceny and forgery.In 2015, 60 convicts were granted presidential pardons on Guyana’s 49th Independence anniversary by the President.The release of prisoners in 2015 caused much controversy after Government had refused to release the names and offences of those pardoned.The President had indicated intentions to release another 60 young men and women in 2016, but this did not materialise.In 2017, nine women prisoners were pardoned for Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary.The prisoners, who were all inmates at the New Amsterdam penitentiary, were Kamla Bisram, 30; Malinda Beaton, 31; Charissazan Charles, 18; Sasha Christopher, 18; Jenny Davis, 26; Vanessa Frank, 26; Barbra Hunte, 51; Kamwattie Persaud, 23 and Dhanmattie Seenarine, 47.