Atwell too ill to appear -- court told

Stabroek News
October 23, 1999

The America Street cambio robbery case which had been scheduled to continue yesterday, was adjourned until Tuesday after the court was told that Clyde Atwell, one of the accused, was in a critical condition at the hospital.

When the case was called, Chief Magistrate, Paul Fung-A-Fat, announced that the prosecution had indicated that Atwell was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Stabroek News visited the hospital late yesterday and spoke with Atwell who was under armed police guard. He told this newspaper that he was not visited by any police ranks for the day. He indicated, however, that his attorney Basil Williams had visited him on Thursday.

Attorney-at-law Joseph Harmon, representing another accused Toyin Anderson, again made a bail application and was once more denied.

Anderson and Atwell along with Linden London called 'Blackie' and Andrew Peter Douglas, for whom arrest warrants have been issued, are all accused of pulling off one of the most daring robberies that this country has ever seen.

The four men accompanied by Terry Madho called 'Rusty', who was killed in a shootout with police, are alleged to have, in broad daylight, attacked and robbed D. Singh and Sons cambio of millions of dollars in local and foreign currencies. They are also accused of robbing Ramzan Bacchus of over $1.4 million in Guyana currency, on the same day.

Five people, including a policeman, were shot during the robbery and as result the police had also instituted five charges of attempted murder against the four accused.

The preliminary inquiry is expected to begin on Tuesday.

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