Twenty-one-year-old Anil Mohamed of Jetty Squatting Area, Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and Floyd Frank, also 21, of Plantation Best, WCD, were each fined $25,000 by Magistrate Annette Singh last week after they admitted to robbing Cyan McIntyre with offensive weapons on December 29, 2017.According to the Prosecution’s case, McIntyre was at Tajo’s Bar at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara and after having a conversation with two females, he followed them to the seawall at the Jetty Squatting Area in Vreed-en-Hoop. It was at this location that Mohamed, armed with a knife, and Frank, with a cutlass, pounced on McIntyre, relieving him of $43,000 cash before escaping into the night.After the ordeal, McIntyre reported the matter at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station and based on information provided, the two females were arrested. Sometime after, they confessed and identified the two robbers who were later charged for their criminal act.When they appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week, Mohamed, who was barely audible, indicated that he works with a manufacturing company at Diamond, East Bank Demerara while Frank, who was all smiles, said he works in landscaping with a company. Asked by Magistrate Singh why they got involved in such an act, the duo could not explain themselves or say what they did with the money. They however offered the victim a portion of the sum which they took from him. This amounted to $19,000 – $10,000 from Mohamed’s relatives and $9000 from Frank’s relatives.In appealing for a reasonable sentence, both men asked for leniency, with Frank telling the court that he supports his wife, mother, a sister and two nephews, who all reside in the same home. In considering their sentence, Magistrate Singh took into consideration their ages, family situation and the fact they recompensed the victim a sum of the money that was stolen. If they do not honour their obligation to pay the $25,000 fine, they will spend two months in prison.
Mr Klein was so shocked he tweeted about the incident, causing a range of responses from equally-stunned followers and commentators questioning if the event was true or not. “We understand passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, due to lost items or inadvertently leaving them at home… not having an ID does not necessarily mean a passenger won’t be allowed to fly,” the TSA website said. The co-founder of popular video website Vimeo was able to pass through a United States’ airport without his official government-issue identification, using a social media website profile. Vimeo co-founder and DIY.org chief executive Zach Klein could not believe his luck when his Facebook profile was accepted as a valid form of ID when travelling recently, news.com.au reported. Image: Corbis/Artiga “If passengers are willing to provide additional information, we have other means of substantiating someone’s identity, like using publicly available databases.” Source = ETB News: P.T. This is not a new policy, according to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), who have been allowing travellers to use “other means” of verifying their identity for some time.