A father of five was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery along with possession of illegal gun and ammunition.Raheem Abdul, a vendor of Lot 17 Broad Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, admitted to the four charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Raheem AbdulThe first charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Lombard Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Amos Ramcharan of $70,000 and a phone valued at $42,000. The court further heard that on the same day and at the same location, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Qumar (only name given) of a phone valued at $39,000.The third charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Broad Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession three live rounds of .38 ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. The last charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Broad Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession a .38 revolver when he was not the holder of firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that Abdul and the victims are known to each other since they are vendors on Lombard Street, Georgetown.The prosecutor informed the court that at about 03:30h on August 17, the victims were plying their trade on Lombard Street, when Abdul and two other individuals, who were armed with handguns, approached them. According to the prosecutor, the men pointed the guns at the victims’ heads and demanded that they hand over their valuables.The court heard that Abdul began demanding more money from Ramcharan and placed the gun to the man’s head and started a countdown while threatening him.In fear for his life, the vendor then led Abdul to his bus and handed over a purse containing cash and documents.After retrieving the items, Abdul along with his accomplices made good their escape on bicycles. The incident was reported to the police and based on information received, the police swooped down at a house in Broad Street, Georgetown, where they arrested Abdul.A search was also conducted at the house and the stolen articles along with the gun and matching rounds were found in his possession.He was subsequently arrested and positively identified by the victims. Magistrate McLennan sentenced Abdul to three years for each of the robbery charges. He was then sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $50,000 for the illegal firearm possession charge along with two years’ imprisonment and a $50,000 fine for illegal ammunition possession.However, the sentences will run concurrently.
Buncrana GAA urgently seeks your votes to help it win Better Together, a national online video competition.The club is hoping that the local community will rally behind it and give it the votes it needs to win the €1,000 top prize.Better Together is a nationwide campaign which aims to build support for hundreds of charities, community groups, clubs and associations across the country by encouraging the public to support these good causes and make a difference in their communities. “Anyone can vote for us no matter where they are in the world,” said club Chairman Paul McGonigle.“The video gives a short snapshot of the wider role the club plays in the local community, what it does make this place a better place for all of us to live in. I’d say a lot of people will be surprised at the range of things we’re involved in.”The club is the only entry from Inishowen and is hoping for votes from all over the peninsula and further afield too.“We’d really like people to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to get the message out there, to tell their friends and contacts about it and get online to vote. Hitting the ‘Like’ button on Facebook isn’t enough, people have to click the ‘Vote’ icon on the competition website,” said Paul. The video was made for the club by local companies Crana Communications and The Memory Factory.Harry Kerr of The Memory Factory said he was delighted to be involved and that it was his way of contributing something to the club.“It was a great experience for us to do this. We’re looking at developing this side of our business, promotional videos and corporate work, so it was a good exercise in that sense too.”Voting closes on November 22nd so time is running out fast. The club really appreciates your support and knows you won’t let it down!Here is the link to the club’s competition page: http://www.bettertogether.ie/video/buncrana-gaa-more-club-more-community BUNCRANA GAA CLUB WANTS YOUR VOTE TO ‘MAKE IT BETTER TOGETHER’ was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Buncrana GAA Club