A Route 41 minibus conductor was on Tuesday granted bail by city Magistrate Alex Moore when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with robbery.Romel Hoppey, of Lot 215 Guyhoc Park, Greater Georgetown, is accused of robbing Mario Eversley on May 28Romel Hoppey, 2016 in the vicinity of Durban Park of one Samsung Galaxy S5 cellular phone valued $110,000.The charge also stated that Hoppey used personal violence upon Eversley during the robbery. When the charge was read to the defendant, the 33-year-old pleaded not guilty.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne did not reveal the facts of the case to the Court, but objected to bail, pointing out that the defendant had several offences of a similar nature in other courts.The Prosecutor also informed the Court that the defendant was sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for another offence that was tried at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.The unrepresented Hoppey in his defence told the Court the accusation against him stemmed from him ‘jamming’ a light on the VC’s bus and not being able to afford to pay for its replacement at the time. He told the Court that he offered the VC his cellular phone to keep as surety that he would pay for the damaged light.Magistrate Moore subsequently granted Hoppey $75,000 bail, but then reduced it to $50,000 after Hoppey asked for a lesser amount since he could not afford substantial bail.The case was adjourned until June 28 for statements.
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez Alexis Sanchez has been named PFA Fans’ Player of the Season after a brilliant debut Premier League campaign with Arsenal.The 26-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer, with the Gunners forking out a reported £35million to sign him from Barcelona.Sanchez has quickly gone about repaying that lofty fee, scoring 16 goals and assisting eight more to fire the Gunners to a third place finish.That success saw him last month make the six-strong shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award and has now seen him win the PFA’s fans’ award.More than 200,000 votes have been cast since the ten-man shortlist was announced at the start of this month, with Sanchez beating Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – who won the main Player of the Year crown – and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to the award. 1