Charged: Elisha Lingchung

A PAINTER charged with a $58,000 robbery at a casino in Debe last Saturday has been denied bail.

Elisha Lingchung who also faced charges of robbing patrons and female employees at the establishment, will return to court on Thursday.

Lingchung, 23 of Chaguanas, told San Fernando magistrate Indar Jagroo he was not guilty of the four charges read to him.

It was alleged that on Saturday at Instant Winner Members Club at SS Erin Road, Debe, he together with others armed with a firearm, robbed employee Vidya Goorcharan of $58,354 the property of the establishment and a $2,000 cellular phone, a $100 purse and an identification card. It was also alleged that he robbed Nicolette Jagroop of two remotes belonging to Instant Winners Members Club and valued $500, a pack of cigarettes valued $25 and a $20 cigarette lighter and used violence toward the employee.

Lingchung was also charged with robbing patrons Rajkumar Motee of a $200 cellular phone, his $200 wallet and bank and identification cards and Maya Dookhiedeen Lalla of $1,000, her $200 purse, a $500 cellular phone and identification card.

Charges were laid by constable Crawford.

Defence attorney Ainsley Lucky told the court Linchung was a married, father of two with no previous convictions. He said the painter would attend court for the matters.

Lucky said the charges had gained “quite a lot of notoriety since the inception” and that Debe came to a standstill when the matter was being investigated on Saturday. He added that while this was a “talking society”, at this stage of the proceedings, Lingchung should not be held guilty for the offences. “Nothing has started yet,” the attorney said.

Lucky also told the court that the charges allowed for bail to be granted.

Police prosecutor Ramdath Phillip asked for an opportunity to have Lingchung’s criminal background traced.

Jagroo remanded him into custody until Thursday.