Couva fisherman Luther Roderick Rechier, 22, yesterday appeared before a magistrate to answer ten charges including assaulting Princes Town MP Barry Padarath with intent to rob him.
The charges stem from a robbery at the home of Padarath’s relatives at Couva on July 21 when gunmen stormed into the premises while a Ramayan (Hindu prayers) was in progress. The gunmen robbed several people of personal items such as cash, jewelry and cellular phones.
Rechier appeared before Couva Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran who denied him bail and remanded him into custody to return on October 6.
Cpl Dexter Duncan of the Couva CID charged Rechier with four counts of robbery, possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger lives. Duncan also charged him with shooting at Kern Joseph with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and assaulting Padarath with intent to rob him.
Rechier of Perth Avenue, Perseverance was not called upon to plead to the charges as they were laid indictably. The matter has been adjourned to October 6.