Masked bandits chop, beat elderly Berbice couple

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Two masked men armed with a shotgun and cutlass robbed an elderly Berbice couple on Sunday at around 18:30 hours. Police said the man, 58, and his wife, 68, were relaxing in a hammock on their cellular phones under a shed affixed to their house at Warren Village Number 19 Corentyne, Berbice.

Police said that the man got up and went to the gate to call out to his brother when he was suddenly confronted by the two bandits.  The bandit who was armed with the cutlass dealt him a chop to his upper left hand. Police said that the man held onto the cutlass resulting in a would to his left palm.

He then shouted for help from his neighbours but the bandits quickly pulled him into the house and dealt him several cuffs about his body. The other bandit with the gun then pushed his wife who fell to the ground.  They then demanded cash and jewellery.

They relieved the couple of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued at $40,000, two gold earrings valued at $20,000, one gold bangle valued at $80,000, and a Samsung cellular phone valued at $50,000. The suspects then made good their escape on foot.

Whilst doing so, a loud explosion was heard which was suspected to be a gunshot. Both victims were escorted to New Amsterdam Public Hospital where they were seen, treated, and sent away.  

Checks were made in the area for the bandits to no avail.  Investigations are ongoing.

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