The accused men, Nigel Byron, left, and Yosufu De Riggs arrive in court on Thursday. (IWN photo)

Two men were on Thursday brought before the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown charged with one count of attempted murder, four counts of robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The charges stemmed from a robbery at East Caribbean Metal Industries Ltd. at Campden Park Industrial Estate Monday night, where a female security guard was shot and a similar crime at East Caribbean Bottlers Inc. (Ju-c).

Lowmans Hill resident, Nigel Byron, 29, and his co-accused, 22-year-old Yosufu De Riggs, of Campden Park, were not required to plead to the indictable charges when they appeared before Chief Magistrate, Rechanne Browne-Matthias.

Accused robber Nigel Byron. (IWN photo)
Accused robber Nigel Byron. (IWN photo)

They were denied bail and were remanded into custody until next Thursday for a bail review.

The prosecution told the court that police were still investigating the matter and other charges are likely to be brought against the duo.

Further, the virtual complainant in the matter, Eugene Gordon of Vermont, a security guard, was on Thursday still in hospital, recovering from a gunshot injury she sustained at ECMIL, where she was stationed Monday night.

The men are charged:

that on Nov. 1, 2016 at Campden Park, being armed with a gun and a knife, they robbed William Floissal, a security guard of Sion Hill, of a Blu cellular phone valued EC$500 and EC$500 in cash, his property, and at the time of so doing and in order to so do, put the said William Floissal in fear of being then and there subjected to force, contrary to Section 216 of the Criminal Code;

that on Nov. 1, 2016 at Campden Park, had in their possession one 0.32 revolver, serial number 1304360, without a licence under the Firearms Act.

that on Nov. 1, 2016 at Campden Park, being armed with a gun and a knife, robbed Randolph Matthews of Campden Park and Williams Floissal of Sion Hill of two cases of Village Ram (an energy drink), valued EC$130, the property of East Caribbean Bottlers Inc., and at the time of so doing and in order to so do, put the said Randolph Matthews and William Floissal in fear of being then and there subjected to force, contrary to Section 216 of the Criminal Code;

Accused robber Yosufu De Riggs
Accused robber Yosufu De Riggs

that on Nov. 1, 2016 at Campden Park, being armed with a gun and a knife, robbed Eugene Gordon of Vermont of one Blu cellular phone valued EC$99, her property, and at the time of so doing and in order to so do, put the said Eugene Gordon in fear of being then and there subjected to force, contrary to Section 216 of the Criminal Code;

that on Nov. 1, 2016 at Campden Park, being armed with a gun and a knife, robbed Randolph Matthews of Campden Park of one cellular phone valued EC$200 and EC$50 in cash, his property, and at the time of so doing and in order to so do, put the said Randolph Matthews in fear of being then and there subjected to force, contrary to Section 216 of the Criminal Code;

that on Nov. 1, 2016 at Campden Park, with the intent to commit the offence of murder on Eugene Gordon of Vermont, did an act which is merely preparatory to the commission of the offence, contrary to Section 315(1) of the Criminal Code.

The men will return to court on Nov. 10, when a bail review will take place and a determination made about the date for a preliminary inquiry.

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One reply on “Men accused of shooting security guard charged with attempted murder, robbery”

  1. In the photo they actually look quite proud of themselves when they arrived at court.

    Mr Chance did you ask them to “smile please” when that photo was taken?

    If not enter it into evidence prior to sentencing.

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