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Five including 2 bank employees and 2 policemen arrested in attempted bank robbery

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 7:18 PM

Five men, including two bank employees and two policemen, were arrested and charged for attempting to rob Guyana's Republic Bank.

During the lengthy bail hearing on Friday, the five men – Jamal Haynes, Keron Saunders, Gladston George, Anfernee Blackman and Shawn Grimmond – were collectively charged with attempted robbery.

Haynes, who was employed at Republic Bank, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery charges while the other four accused pleaded not guilty.

Haynes was sentenced to two years in prison on the attempted robbery charge while the other four young men were remanded to prison until August 11.

Haynes was slapped with five other charges, including discharging a loaded firearm with intent to cause injury and bodily harm, possession of ammunition, possession of firearm without being a licensed firearm holder and holding a bank employee hostage.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges of discharging a loaded firearm and robbery.

However, he entered guilty pleas on the other three charges and was fined a total of GUY$280,000 and sentenced to two additional four-year jail terms for the possession of firearm and ammunition charges.

He will also have to pay a $100,000 fine on the third charge and will serve an additional six months in prison.

His two-year sentence on the attempted armed robbery charge will run consecutively and will see him spending a total of six years in prison.