Guyanese Man Gets 12 Months in Prison for Stealing Powdered Milk

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In Guyana, a Diamond Housing Scheme man was sentenced, yesterday, to 12 months imprisonment on two separate charges of break and enter at Stabroek Market.

Anand Rameshwar, 22, of Lot 257 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond on two separate charges of break and enter yesterday.

He made his first appearance in court on December 5, 2013 and pleaded not guilty to the charges that said between November 30 and December 1, 2013 at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, he broke and entered stall #28 and stole five bags of full cream milk powder valued $180,000, property of Gavin Paul. The second offence stated that on the same day he broke and entered stall #29 at Stabroek Market belonging to Shamsundar Raghubar with intent to commit a felony.

He was also sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment on December 5 in relation to the same matter after he pleaded guilty to being found in Stabroek Market during prohibited hours. On that occasion, city police Corporal James, prosecuting, said the virtual complainants are businessmen operating stalls located in Stabroek Market. Raghubar and Paul are owners of Stall #28 and #29, respectively, and they also use their stalls as storage bonds.

The prosecutor said that five out of the 17 bags of milk powder were missing and Rameshwar was found in the market on December 1. After he noticed the police he tried to escape but was apprehended. Based on the evidence provided by the prosecution, he was found guilty as charged.

Magistrate Chandan-Edmond took into consideration that the convict is a first time offender and his age, among other factors, before sentencing him. His sentences will run concurrently.

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