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Almost a month after three market vendors were remanded for breaking and entering the L. Seepersaud Maraj & Sons Jewellery Store in the Stabroek Market and stealing $22 million worth of gold and diamond jewellery, they were successful in petitioning the court to be placed on bail; and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan has placed each accused on $1.5 million bail.The accused: Tyron Marks, 31, of Lot 107 Eccles, East Bank Demerara; Clifford Rodney, 66, of Lot 265 One Mile, Linden; and Albert De Freitas, 54, of Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, were remanded when they had made their first appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.According to the prosecution’s case, between July 2 and July 3, 2018, the men broke and entered the jewellery store located in the Stabroek Market.The men were represented by defence attorneys Pamela De Santos, Kezia Williams and Adrian Thompson respectively. These defence attorneys, in their bail applications, each informed the court that their clients were beaten by Police to confess to the theft.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers had objected to the men being placed on bail, and had informed the court that the men have pending matters of a similar nature before the courts, while citing the serious nature of the offence and the value of the items.The court was told that during a video interrogation with investigators, two of the men admitted to cutting into the store’s safe to gain access to the items.Reports are that on July 3, 2018, when the owners and employees of the jewellery store arrived at the Market, they realised the store had been robbed. Upon checking, they discovered the entire store ransacked, and the vault torched open.In a press statement, the owners had said the robbery was the work of “highly-skilled thieves.”According to the owners, they had consulted with several security specialists and others trained in ironwork and welding, and were informed that it would have taken no less than five hours for the vaults to be cut open. It was further revealed that the owners had spoken to two City Constables, who claimed that checks were done earlier in the Market, but nothing was discovered.Additionally, the stall was secured with an alarm system that was being monitored by the MMC Security Force.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Paul Williams headed to the scene a team that was able to collect fingerprints from one of the heavy-duty safes in which the jewellery was secured.Meanwhile, the robbery has yet again raised concerns about security at the market.Only recently, the City Constabulary named Stabroek and Bourda markets as popular criminal hotspots where consumers are attacked and robbed on a daily basis. These offences are suspected to be gang-related.Chief Constable Andrew Foo has stated that the Markets have been on their radar for quite a while now in light of the increase in criminal activities there.Foo explained that at the Stabroek Market, since it is a transportation hub, persons entering and leaving public transportation are the main targets. With respect to Bourda Market, most of the incidents occur among vendors and shoppers in the rush hours, when sales are at a peak.
Former Kerry GAA legend and RTE pundit Pat Spillane says whoever fills the vacancy left by the departure of Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager will feel like David Moyes.Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson when he departed from Old Trafford after twenty-five years in May 2013, but the post proved to be a poison chalice for Moyes who was sacked just ten months into the job.Spillane feels the Donegal job is similarly difficult due to the remarkable success of McGuinness in just four-years at the helm. McGuinness is a messianic figure among Donegal GAA supporters, and leaves big shoes to fill following his departure on Friday night.For a county starved of success, McGuinness overseen was the most successful period in the history of Donegal GAA.He landed three Ulster titles in four years, two All-Ireland final appearances, winning one in 2012, and won a staggering twenty out of twenty four championship matches.It’s certainly a hard act to follow, and Spillane likens it to the challenge presented for Moyes when he replaced Alex Ferguson. Spillane said, “Who are Donegal going to get to replace McGuiness? And who in their right mind would take it on, for that man will surely feel like David Moyes going in after Alex Ferguson.“After dealing with such a charismatic manager like McGuinness, who took them all the way, will the players lift themselves for the new boss?“It would be far better to take over in 2017, I say, when Murphy, McBrearty, MacNiallais and the McHugh brothers still in their prime, and those minors will have matured.While Spillane was a strong opponent of Donegal’s style of play under McGuinness, he did concede he was a supremely gifted coach and admitted his achievements were very impressive during his tenure as manager.Spillane said, “He leaves Gaelic Football as one of its finest managers. That’s not me being smart, I don’t like the way he wanted to play the game, but I recognise the job he did. “Remember on the morning of that first meeting in Downings, one newspaper had ranked Donegal as the 19th best team in the country, less than two years later they were No.1.“There’s a lesson there for lowly counties who think they can’t win anything. Yes you can, to paraphrase Barack Obama, and Jim McGuinness proved it!!SPILLANE – “NEW DONEGAL BOSS WILL FEEL LIKE DAVID MOYES” was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:David MoyesdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessManagementPat SpillaneVacancy