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Vagrancy: They Were Riding A Moped With Tools And Knives In The Early Morning Hours

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Their explanations were not convincing. Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of Trou aux Biches arrested two individuals who were on a moped on the Royal Road in 9th Mile, Triolet. They had in their possession several tools and two knives in the early morning hours of Thursday, August 4. The two men, Désiré Jency Alexandro Long, alias Jamil, 29 years old, a welder from Vallée-Pitôt and Mohamed Ridwan Ghunowa, a 29 year old security guard and resident of Tranquebar.

It was during a patrol around 3:45 am on Thursday morning, August 4, that a team of the CID of Trou aux Biches, led by Inspector Mootia, intercepted this red Zhongzen moped, which was coming from Solitude and was driving towards Chemin Vingt-Pieds, Grand-Baie. The two suspicious looking men were approached by a police officer for a traffic stop. The driver immediately accelerated and attempted to flee. He was quickly caught up with a 500-meter stretch of road in front of the Triolet fire station.

The police officers subsequently conducted a body search on them. Thus, a screwdriver measuring 35 centimeters was found in the right back pocket of the jeans of this security guard. Three other screwdrivers in the right front pocket of his jeans. When questioned about the possession of these tools, he had to say, “mo gard sa bann tournevis la avek mwa com prekosyon ek sa trwa lezot la pou demont masin lave si mo gagne lor simin”.


A search of a backpack he was carrying resulted in the seizure of several tools, including a hammer, a wrench, a screwdriver, a knife with a 20-centimeter blade and a 10-centimeter blade, a saw blade and nine empty raffia bags. Questioned about the presence of these tools, they could not give clear explanations. They had to say, afterwards, “nou pe ale koup lerbe akasia Grand-Baie”.

The two men were brought before the court in Pamplemousses this Thursday morning, August 4. They are facing a provisional charge of vagrancy. They were taken back to the police cell.

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