DPP files appeal of decision to free trio in Foiled Republic Bank robbery

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Shawn Grimmond
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, has filed an appeal against the decision of Senior City Magistrate, Leron Daly, to free the three men accused of attempting to carry out a daring robbery at Republic Bank’s Water Street, Georgetown branch on July 4, 2017.
Those freed are Gladston George of Princes Street, Lodge, Georgetown; former Police Constables Anfernee Blackman of Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and Bank employee Shawn Grimmond of Kitty, Georgetown.
They Break News understands that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had written to the DPP to appeal the decision to free the trio. However, on June 29, 2021, the DPP wrote to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum acknowledging receipt of the police file and alluded to the fact that an appeal has already been filed in the said matter.
It was reported that, on the morning of July 4, 2017, three armed men entered Republic Bank’s Water Street Branch before it was opened to the public.
The men, including deceased Elton Wray, had reportedly planned on getting their hands on the night’s deposits since it was a three-day weekend, and companies would have deposited millions of dollars in cash into the bank.
Wray, a 25-year-old, China-trained agronomist, who was at the time employed at the National Agriculture Research Extension Institute (NAREI), was shot in the chest during the robbery. He succumbed to his injuries the same day while receiving medical attention.


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