Monday 13 July, 2020

Two Venezuelan nationals appear in court for robbing pharmacy

Two Venezuelan nationals have been sentenced to three years of hard labour, after they pleaded guilty to robbing a Claxton Bay Pharmacy last week.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jose Gregorio Jist Diaz and 34-year-old Alexander Jose Toledo Quijada both appeared before Magistrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown in the Couva Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

They were charged alongside Trinidad and Tobago national, 43-year-old Shorn Blanco.

However, Blanco pleaded “not guilty” to the offences as he disputed the information laid by the State.

The court was told that on December 18, three men entered the Basics & Beyond Pharmacy and Convenience Store and held up the owner.

A team of officers led by Sgt Ramdial and PC Ramoutar visited the store, and conducted inquiries which led to the arrests of the three suspects at their home last week Thursday.

Blanco is expected to return to court on January 25.

Diaz and Quijada were also charged by officials from the Immigration Department for entering the country illegally.

They also pleaded guilty to this offence, and were both sentenced to nine months of hard labour each.

However, these sentences are expected to run concurrently with the other.

More on this as it becomes available. 

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