Bandit jailed for robbing Stabroek Market vendors

first_imgAfter admitting to a series of charges inclusive of armed robberies and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, 26-year-old Joshua Joseph was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday.Jailed: Joshua JosephThe Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, resident was slapped with three armed robberies and two firearm-related charges. The first three charges read that on May 29, 2019, at Water Street, Georgetown, while in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Sachinand Deosuraj, Zamid Baksh and Pareshram Persaud of a total of $115,000 inclusive of two cellphones.The other two charges stated that on the same date at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, Joseph had in his possession four live rounds of .38 calibre ammunition along with one .38 revolver without being the holder of a firearm license.According to facts presented to the court, on May 29, the victims, who are all vendors at the Stabroek Market, were in the vicinity of the Guyana Fire Service and Social Protection Department buildings when Joseph and an accomplice approached them with the gun and demanded their valuables while gun-butting the first two Virtual Complainants in the process.Police ranks were on patrol in the area and gave chase to the defendant and his accomplice. However, Joseph was apprehended while the other suspect made good his escape.A search later revealed the illegal weapon in Joseph’s possession and he was later taken in custody and charged for the present offence.As such, Magistrate Daly handed down the sentence to the defendant and he will spend the next three years in prison.last_img read more

Pasadena homeless count drops for 3rd straight year

first_imgThe majority of Pasadena’s homeless – 504 – is male and white, but on any given day there are almost as many women and children – 465. The count showed African-American adults account for 29.2 of the homeless population in 2007, down from 36.9 percent in 2005. The number of married homeless declined from 138, or 17.6 percent, in 2005 to 59, or 7.8 percent, this year. At the same time single adult numbers increase from 644, or 82.2 percent in 2005 to 696, or 92.2percent this year. Colletti credits local services with continuing to help the homeless get off the streets. “I think I’m pleased \ because clearly homeless service providers are helping people get off the streets,” Colletti said. “Again, what is discouraging is that clearly younger women with children are leaving the city because they no longer can afford to live here.” The count, a condition of the $3 million in funding received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was carried out in January by the Pasadena Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Evaluation team, Pacific Clinics and about 20 students from Fuller Theological Seminary, Colletti said. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – The city’s adult homeless population has decreased for the third year in a row, according to a preliminary report by the Institute for Urban Research and Development. Pasadena’s annual count in January showed 969 homeless – 722 adults and 214 children – down from 1,165 in 2006 and 1,217 in 2005, said Joe Colletti, the agency’s executive director. “It’s a shrinking population,” he said. “The methodology of the count can’t answer why, but it can show trends.” He added, “It’s very clear there’s a significant decrease of African-American women under the age of 40 with children … and of Latino and white women with children, and an overall significant decrease in the number of children. The number of children has gone down by half – in 2005 there were 435.” last_img read more