Repeat student offender denied bail

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

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