Three men who robbed a businessman of $5 million, along with a quantity of ammunition, appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday and were all remanded to prison for the robbery.The men: Alvin Solomon, 34, of Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD); Asif Khan, 54, of Lot 149 Bel West, West Bank Demerara (WBD) and Winston Raymond, 27, of Land of Canaan, EBD all denied the charge read to them by city Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge stated that the trio robbed Inshan Alli Bacchus of $5 million, along with 49 rounds of ammunition, one computer bag and a cellphone – a total value of $5.3 million on February 26, 2018 at Alexander Street, Georgetown.Solomon was slapped with a second charge which stated that he had in his possession ammunition while not being licensed for same.The defendants were represented by Attorneys-at-Law Dexter Todd, Tiffany Jeffrey, and Adrian Thompson.The lawyers made bail applications on the grounds that their clients were never placed in an identification parade.According to Todd, Solomon, who is a taxi driver, was stopped by Police ranks who arrested him and took him into custody. His vehicle was driven to the Police Station by a Policeman and was searched without him being present.However, Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore told the Court that some $600,000 along with the stolen ammunition was discovered in Solomon’s car.The items were reportedly stolen from Bacchus when the trio broke into his vehicle, which was parked on Alexander Street.The defendants will return to court on March 19, 2018.
Share on Facebook Share on Messenger features Share on Facebook @donaldgmcrae Since you’re here… New Zealand cricket team New Zealand cricket team Share via Email Share on Twitter There have been severe repercussions for trailblazers like Bond. He and other Test cricketers who joined the ICL have, unlike their contemporaries in the IPL, been banned from the international game. The ICL has so far held a couple of tournaments, the most recent of which featured Bond last month, while the more glamorous IPL has been underway for less than two weeks. But the main difference between the leagues is that the ICL is privately controlled by Subhash Chandra, the media mogul and one of the world’s richest men, while the IPL has been sanctioned by Indian cricket’s board of control. As New Zealand’s only real fast bowler of note Bond will be badly missed this summer. He shrugs at the irony that he has had to fight to be allowed to fulfil a six-week contract to play for Hampshire while his international captain, Daniel Vettori, and four other New Zealand cricketers have been allowed to delay their arrival on tour in order to appear in the IPL.”All the players feel it’s unfair. The plan was to play against England at home and go to India before coming here on tour – just like those guys. It’s disappointing, especially in a country like New Zealand where we don’t have the talent base. We’ve got a lot of Kiwis in the ICL and the guys who are banned could give the national team a good run for its money. It’s a bad situation for New Zealand – and it’s not great for international cricket either.”There is a trace of anger in Bond’s account of his ban. “I asked for permission from the New Zealand board to join the ICL. If they had said, ‘No, you can’t’ then I’d be in the IPL now. But they actually said yes and so I signed my contract with the ICL. Then a little later they said: ‘No, you can’t go anymore.’ It was disappointing and I was pretty grumpy for a while. In the media it was made to look pretty much like I’d done a runner. And that wasn’t the case. It’s not an ideal way to end your career and one of the more disappointing things for me is that no one even said: ‘It’s a shame you can’t play anymore but thanks for your contributions and good luck.’ It was just a case of, ‘Oh, he doesn’t want to play anymore so bugger off!’ That irritates me most.”Bond’s first experience of the ICL last month provided an exuberant contrast. “It’s full on, with Russian dancers and Bollywood stars wandering around the grounds while the crowds go crazy. It was great. I really enjoyed playing alongside some different characters and international players – like Marvan Atapattu and Avishka Gunawardene from Sri Lanka. The best part was in the bar afterwards. Everybody was banned so it was a pretty relaxed atmosphere. It was great to talk to players like Jason Gillespie, Damien Martyn and Murray Goodwin – just to spend time with them and talk cricket. I had a blast.”While the fat contracts might be irresistible for the players it still seems hard to care much about the games. “People have spoken about it as just being an old man’s league but I was surprised by the high standard,” Bond argues. “All the guys are enthusiastic and everyone is competitive. None of us likes losing. So that’s never going to be an issue.”Yet Bond is too candid not to concede that playing for the Delhi Giants will never come close to matching the intense thrill of opening the bowling for New Zealand against Australia. “Test cricket is still the ultimate. Even going to a World Cup doesn’t compare to getting the creams on for a Test because it’s still the best form of cricket to play. I said the same thing to [former New Zealand wicket-keeper] Adam Parore. I went out to bat against his team and said, ‘Who would have thought you’d play for the Chennai Superstars against the Delhi Giants?’ He just laughed and said, ‘Mate, it’s ridiculous.’ “That’s why Test cricket will survive. There’s too much tradition and modern Test cricket is still exciting to watch. But 50-over cricket will become redundant – it’s too boring. And playing less cricket certainly helps the body. In India I played a game where I was crook, and felt like death, but I thought: ‘Hey, it’s an hour, I can get through this.’ From a bowler’s point of view to spend only an hour in the field is just magic.”Bond laughs again but it is clear that his affection for Twenty20 cricket carries a serious point. In decrying the cricketing establishment’s struggle to adapt to the Indian spin put on an English invention in Twenty20, Bond says: “It needs someone with a similar vision and the nuts to do it but the ICC have missed the boat. They’ve stood back and waited to see what would happen. They should get hold of the situation and say this is how things will be run from now on. They should stamp their authority rather than just being dictated to – whether India like it or not.”That apparent loyalty to traditional cricket should not be overestimated. Bond is too down-to-earth to be seduced either by cricketing convention or Bollywood glamour. He has decided to make up his own mind about the future while saving his sudden splurge of Indian cash. “I bought my wife, Tracey, a nice watch but that’s about as far as I’ve gone so far. When I get back to New Zealand in June I’ll think about buying myself a little present. But we’ll see how it all pans out. Even if the ban gets lifted I’ve still got to make the decision whether I want to play Test cricket again. I’ve got to the point where I’ve moved on and India has become my priority.”The danger for cricket is that more star players will reach the same conclusion. “That’s a definite worry. The Indian leagues generate billions, which is great for us, but none of that money goes back to the New Zealand board – and that will have a knock-on affect on young players. That’s why, in England, the chance to do something with Allen Stanford is pretty exciting.”Stanford, the American billionaire based in the Caribbean, has been engaged in talks with English cricket authorities about the possibility of setting up a new Twenty20 competition in this country and a multi-million pound showdown between a West Indian and England selection. “The fact that guys like Stanford want to put money in the game is great and the ECB has to grab hold of this situation and make it work. There’s a lot of talk going on about this $20m match. I can’t imagine playing for that sort of money – but it would make for some exciting cricket.”Bond might yet feature in a revamped English league but for now he cracks one last grin at the small mercies offered by the old county circuit. Earlier this month, while making his debut for Hampshire, he took career best-figures of seven for 66 in a four-day match against Sussex – to remind New Zealand and England what a huge hole his absence will leave during their Test series. “Mate, it’s funny. I played some Twenty20 cricket at home and then I went to the ICL and, seriously, I haven’t been able to take a wicket. I got two wickets in seven matches in India. So it’s been a relief to come over here and get some wickets. It’s nice to see I’ve still got it.” To hear audio extracts from this interview click here Hampshire Read more Donald McRae A smiling revolutionary who is face of cricket’s future Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Shares00 Shane Bond, one of the world’s best and most menacingly quick bowlers, laughs with surprising ease, seemingly undeterred by the fact that he has just been banned from international cricket. There are few lengthy intervals between his chuckling and chortling and the reasons for his good cheer should be enough to send a chill through the cricketing establishment. If some might have expected Bond to mourn the end of his Test career, as New Zealand begin their tour of England, they should be taken aback to hear his relish as he moves from the hushed citadels of cricket to the noisily extravagant Indian leagues.Bond believes he has embraced the sport’s future while transforming his own life in choosing the Delhi Giants, one of the new Twenty20 teams formed under the banner of the rebel Indian Cricket League, ahead of New Zealand. Bond laughs lightly at the suggestion that, at the very least, he will double his income: “It’s well more than that.”The 32-year-old Kiwi, now smiling knowingly, parries a cheeky question as to the exact size of his contract with Delhi. “I’m not allowed to tell you. But I’d have to play for years for New Zealand to earn the same amount of money – and play in every game. So the decision to go to India is a no-brainer. You’re seeing the same thing with the IPL [the Indian Premier League] and the money on offer there. Players are now seriously considering missing Test series and retiring early to take up these opportunities. The cricket authorities are either going to have to allow players to retire or put alternatives into place.”With the IPL having already raised over a billion pounds in television rights, cricket has been subject to seismic change. Bond is emphatic when asked if the sport can ever be the same again. “No, no. There will be turmoil at first but if people want to put money into the game they should be encouraged. It’s exciting and a great time to be a player. But it does need to get sorted out because you don’t want the game’s credibility taking a hit.” Cricket IPL Topics He is one of the world’s best bowlers but chose Indian riches over his Test career. The Kiwi explains whyTo hear audio extracts from this interview clickhere Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. 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