Elisha Lingchung, one of the men allegedly involved in the casino robbery in Debe, was granted $150,000 approval bail on Thursday.
Lingchung, 23, a painter, was also granted a cash bail alternative of $30,000 after it was confirmed by prosecutor Sgt Harold Ishmael that he had no previous convictions or pending matters.
Lingchung of Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas, first appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court on Tuesday but was remanded into custody for tracing to determine if he had a criminal background.
He has since pleaded not guilty to the four charges of robbery.
The charges stemmed from an armed robbery at Instant Winner Member Club, at SS Erin Road, Debe, on Saturday, which went viral on social media as a hostage situation.
It turned out that no one was held hostage.
Lingchung was arrested by police at Mohess Road, Debe, shortly after the robbery.
He was charged by PC Crawford of the San Fernando Police Station.
It is alleged that on June 8, armed with a firearm together with other people he robbed employee Nicolette Jagroop of two remote controls valued $500, a $25 pack of Mt D’or cigarettes and a $20 cigarette lighter.
He is also accused of robbing Rajkumar Motee, a patron, of a $200 cellphone, a $20 bank card, a $50 identification card and a $500 driver’s permit.
It is further alleged that he robbed another patron, Maya Gookhiedeen Lalla, of $1,000, a $500 driver’s permit, a $200 purse and a cellphone valued $500.
The other charge alleged that he robbed employee Vidya Goorcharan of $58,354 which belonged to the casino.
His attorney Ainsley Lucky made another application before bail before Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor in the First Court on Thursday morning.
The magistrate ordered him to report to the police station every Saturday as a condition of his bail.
The matter was adjourned to July 11.
- Sascha Wilson