Sophia man arrested for Pouderoyen restaurant heist has been remanded in custody for another robbery
Kaieteur News – The 22-year-old ‘B’ man, a Sophia man arrested in connection with the million-dollar heist that took place on two men eating at a Pouderoyen restaurant last Saturday, has been kept in jail for another robbery.
The defendant, Christopher Cornette, a clothing dealer at Lot 830 ‘B’ Field, Sophia, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Justice Faith McGusty at the Welsh Magistrates’ Court when the robbery charge was read to him.
He was not required to plead to the charge, which he claimed, on March 30, 2021, at Fortuin Wood, West Bank Demerara, while armed with a dangerous weapon, that he stole Jadeshwar Doolchand. Chief Magistrate McGusty remanded Cornette to prison and adjourned the matter until April 22, 2021.
Kaieteur News had reported that Cornette was arrested last Monday for allegedly robbing Navindra Kooblall, 34, of La Grange Old Road boat captain, West Bank Demerara and Leon Dyal, 33, sales representative, of Aron Street, Fortuin Wood, West Bank Demerara, of millions of dollars in items.
Kooblall and Dyal were reportedly dining at HONG XIANG, a Chinese restaurant, located at Lot 15 Klein Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, when Cornette and his assistant, both armed with handguns, walked into the restaurant and go to their table.
According to a police report, Kooblall was reported robbed of six gold chains worth $ 2,145,000, two gold rings worth $ 220,000, one gold band valued at $ 400,000, one iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone valued at $ 320,000, one Samsung A17 mobile phone valued at $ 150,000 and $ 300,000 cash. The total value of the items was $ 3,320,460. As for Dyal, it was stolen from one Samsung A50 smartphone, worth $ 60,000 and $ 195,000 in cash.
The matter was reported and Cornette was arrested and placed among several others on an identification parade where he was positively identified by Kooblall and Dyal as one of the people who robbed him at gunpoint. He was also identified as the suspect in the Doolchand matter. According to police, Cornette is due to appear in court Monday, April 12, 2021, at Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrates’ Court for allegedly robbing Kooblall and Dyal.