A 24-year-old patient of the National Psychiatric Hospital was on Monday taken before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with stealing a car, his fifth offence of this nature.
Raymond Samaroo, of Lot 20 Owen Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on March 17, at Kitty, he stole a Premio motor car valued $1.7 million and $15,000 cash, property of Virtual Complainant (VC) Fareeda Hamid.
The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant has several similar matters pending before the courts. However, the Prosecution’s objection to bail was overruled and Samaroo was granted $75,000 bail. The case will continue on April 25.
The defendant has been previously charged for four offences similar in nature. On June 27, 2015, while on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, he stole a motor car bearing registration number PHH 5935 valued $5 million from Rishi Lall. He stole the same car on June 28 from the vicinity of the Kitty Police Station on Alexander Street, Kitty. Initially, when Samaroo hijacked the car, the VC’s girlfriend was still seated inside and had to jump out of the moving vehicle to avoid abduction.
Then, on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 35 Garnett Street, Campbellville, he stole one Honda CRV motor car valued $5 million, one Samsung cellular phone valued $25,000 and $30,000 cash, a total value of $5,055,000, property of Rhonda Joaquin. On that occasion, the owner was parked in front of her yard and was about to exit the vehicle when the defendant rushed into the vehicle, forcing her to exit, and drove off.
He subsequently drove through two Police road blocks, nearly injuring two officers in the process. He also has several other matters before the courts. Previously, an order was made for the accused to be mentally evaluated so as to ascertain whether or not he is fit for trial. This was done, and it was revealed that he was capable of being tried.