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$800,000 bail for businessman charged with Bartica nightclub shooting

Forty-six-year-old Vivendra Balgobin, who was slapped with an attempted murder charge and remanded to prison, was on Thursday granted $800,000 bail.

Balgobin, a businessman of Lot 21 Fifth Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven, made another appearance in the Bartica Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert, where his lawyer, Bernard Da Silva, made a bail application.

The Magistrate granted bail of $800,000, and Balgobin was ordered to lodge his passport with the Court. The case will continue on September 28. 

Earlier this month, Balgobin was hauled before Magistrate Lambert, where he was charged.

It is alleged that on August 30, 2023, he attempted to murder Conroy Cox, called ‘Pinkboy.’

The Police had reported that Balgobin and two other friends were at Paradise Night Club imbibing on the day in question.

While passing, a friend of Balgobin hit the table where Cox and 18-year-old Lavella Douglas were sitting, causing the bottles to fall and spilling the alcohol on them.

This triggered a heated confrontation between Cox and the accused. Cox threw some liquid substance in Balgobin’s face during the row and allegedly assaulted him.

After that, Cox left the location and returned shortly in his vehicle, where he continued to hurl abusive language at the accused, Police had said.

Cox exited his vehicle, and in so doing, the accused took out his licenced Glock 45 firearm and discharged several rounds in his direction, hitting him three times to his abdomen. In the process, 18-year-old Douglas received a shot to her right hand.

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