Former GDF Sergeant gets 3 years in jail for $58M Kitty robbery

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Keyon King, 32, a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Sergeant was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Friday for a multimillion-dollar robbery at Wallison Enterprise which is located at Lot  23 Gordon Street, Kitty, Georgetown.  The sentence was handed down by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Issacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. 

King along with Peon Lee, 35, a security guard of Lot 1781 Second Street, Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and Delroy Jackson, 37, a security guard of Kendal Street, Golden Grove, EBD were jointly charged with four counts of robbery under-arms. However, only King pleaded guilty. 

The first charge stated that on August 5, last, at Wallison Enterprise, the trio while being armed with guns and in the company of each other, robbed Francis Santos Lumes of 60 ounces of raw gold valued at $20 million and $38 million in cash– all totaling $58M.

It is further alleged that the men while being armed with guns, and in the company of each other and others robbed Fernanda Carmicheal of a cell phone worth $350,000. 

It is further alleged that the men while being armed with guns, and in the company of each other and others, robbed Francis Santos Lumes of a  gold chain valued at 140,000, a gold ring valued at $60,000, and $14,000 in cash- all totalling $214,000. 

The last charge stated that the men while being armed with guns, and in the company of each other and others, they robbed William Dasilva of a cell phone valued at $60,000.

According to reports, on the day in question, the victims were at work when three men in a white car parked north of the building and then entered the compound of Wallison Enterprise. Thereafter, they indicated to the security guard that they were there to sell gold.

They then entered the waiting area where they spoke to the cashier and showed her a small package which they claimed contained gold to sell. However, immediately after, they drew their firearms and ordered the cashier to hand over cash and gold.

The suspects then ordered the victims to open two metal safes after which they tied up the victims with plastic straps.  They then took away the victims’ phones, monies, after which they locked them in one of the offices before making good their escape.

The cashier raised an alarm and the security guard kicked down the door and came to her rescue. The matter was investigated and the men were arrested and charged. Jackson and Lee are presently on remand for the robbery.

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