Three bandits shot dead had criminal records -Police

Stabroek News
December 20, 2002

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The three bandits who were shot dead last Sunday morning during an armed confrontation with the police in the West Ruimveldt Government Scheme had previous criminal records including charges for armed robbery and drug trafficking.

The men who had been identified as Winston Richards, Phillip Reynolds and Shiek Tufail were fatally wounded after a police mobile patrol responded to an alarm raised by 55-year-old Leon Layne, at whom the bandits had earlier fired two shots in attempting to gain entry into his home. A release from Police Headquarters stated that subsequent investigations have confirmed that 40-year-old Richards, also known as Winston Sandiford, of West Ruimveldt, had been sentenced to three years imprisonment on conviction for larceny in 1990 at the Anna Regina Magistrate's Court. He was also charged with possession of narcotics in July, 1991 and robbery under arms in July this year.

Police have also said that Reynolds, 35, also known as Paul Joseph Hercules, called "Paul", of 134 King Edward Street, Albouystown, was convicted for loitering in 1978 and fined $2,600 or one-month's imprisonment. He was also charged with narcotics trafficking in July 1995.

And Tufail was charged with robbery with aggravation in 1979 and was fined $126,000 or two months imprisonment, the release added. He had been previously identified as a deportee from the United States who arrived here with several others in September this year, according to information provided by the police.

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