Bandits Caught!!!

Two men who were wanted by police for a series of offenses including kidnapping have finally been caught.

The lawmen swooped down on Timothy Williams of Darbeau, St. George’s, and Irvin Thomas of Lowther’s Lane, St. George’s who were hiding out at an abandoned house in St. David’s.

Irvin Thomas - appeared in Court on a series of charges

Irvin Thomas – appeared in Court on a series of charges

The suspects made their first court appearance at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with robbery with violence, housebreaking, stealing, kidnapping, and rape.

A high level source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the accused men are also due to appear at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court, and the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court to answer several other charges for offences allegedly committed in those areas while on the run.

Speculation is rife that both Williams and Thomas will have to answer in excess of eight charges.

Police started a massive manhunt for the two suspects following an alleged kidnapping of a man nearly two weeks ago as he was returning to his village of Clozier in St. John after attending a football game in Gouyave.

According to the source who does not wish to be identified, when the suspects were caught by the police last week Friday, one of them initially was putting up resistance but in the end they co-operated with the approaching law enforcement officers.

Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor who objected to bail being granted to the accused men described the charges laid against them as very serious.

According to ASP Victor, an additional charge will soon be laid on Williams related to running away from custody while being held at the St. Paul’s Police Station.

The court was informed that Williams was on bail for stealing when he allegedly committed the new series of offences.

The senior Police Officer feared that if bail is granted to the suspects there is a strong possibility that Williams will not attend the hearing of the court matters.

Timothy Williams - to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Timothy Williams – to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Acting Magistrate Francine Foster denied the bail request and remanded the suspects to Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill.

Magistrate Foster told the accused men that the dates for their scheduled court appearances for other offences will be August 22 at St. David’s, August 26 in St. George’s, and the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court on August 30.

The Acting Magistrate also granted a request by Defense Counsel Peter David for a psychiatric evaluation to be done on Williams.

David who is representing both men who are jointly charged told the court that the matters involving Williams include a strange series of incidents including one with his mother.

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