A 20-year-old National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) student who was released from prison last year is again behind bars after he was denied bail on several firearm-related offences.
Akiel Joseph, of Enterprise, Chaguanas, appeared in the Couva Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with six offences arising out of an attempted robbery at a Chinese restaurant, as well as a housebreaking and larceny charge.
Joseph was arrested last Wednesday in the Laventille area and was subsequently charged by PC Ramoutar, of the Couva CID, with six offences. The charges include shooting with intent, assault with intent to rob, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm to endanger life and possession of ammunition to endanger life.
The charges in this matter were related to case in May, in which it is alleged three men attempted to rob a Chinese restaurant in California, Couva and engaged in a shootout with the security.
Joseph was also charged with a housebreaking and larceny which took place in January in the Claxton Bay area.
Sgt Ramdial assisted in the investigations.
Joseph was released from the Youth Training Centre last October after serving three years on a housebreaking and larceny charge.
On Monday, Joseph was advised by Senior Magistrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown of his right to apply to a judge in chambers for bail.
The matter was adjourned to November 19.
- by Sascha Wilson