Four remanded for alleged car theft
Four men, including a member of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday.
Dwayne Gordon, 23, Kelvin Jones, 34, and 30-year-old Cardyan Harper both of Dominica and Eon Saeuars, 32, from Guyana appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh.
After hearing from attorney Samantha Marshall that Gordon is a police officer with three years’ experience in law enforcement who has not been involved in any previous incident, Walsh stopped the attorney and said she did not want to hear anything further.
The chief magistrate told Marshall and Lawrence Daniels, who represents the two Dominican men and Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin who is defending Saeuars, that she will not entertain bail for any of the accused, especially a police officer who should know better and is held in high esteem.
The magistrate advised the attorneys to make application for bail on behalf of their clients in the High Court.
Marshall had indicated to the court that Gordon did not know that his co-accused did not have authorization to have the vehicle. She said the officer was asked to assist in lifting an engine.
Harper, the court heard, has legal status in the country until June 11 while Saeuars’ status expires on November 27. Jones, on the other hand, has been residing in the country illegally.
Gordon, Jones and Harper are jointly charged with larceny while Saeuars is facing a charge of receiving.
Allegations are that the first three were caught in a bushy area in Cassada Gardens disassembling a Toyota Corolla. The police were notified and the men were subsequently detained and taken into custody.
Investigations were conducted and based on certain information the Guyanese man was arrested and charged for receiving.
The incident reportedly occurred on April 28.
Committal proceedings are set for June 26.
Couple gets no bail on drug and ammo charges
Titus Rolle and Dinelle Henry of Guyana were remanded to prison yesterday on gun, ammunition and drug possession charges.
Rolle and Henry are accused of having 7.37 pounds of cannabis in their possession, being concerned in the supply of drugs and possession with intent to transfer the illegal substance.
The duo is also charged with possession of a 9mm firearm and eight rounds of corresponding ammunition.
Attorney Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, who represents the two, asked that the reading of the gun and ammunition charges be deferred until next week Wednesday. At that time it is expected that someone will enter a guilty plea to the offences.
Based on the quantum of cannabis the charges are indictable and must be tried in the High Court before a judge and jury. The drug matters are therefore set for committal proceedings on June 18.
The offences reportedly occurred on April 30 when officers from the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) detained the two during an operation.
Meantime, Rolle is facing other drug charges along with John Tonge, Thadeus and Julie-Mae Rolle.
Tonge, 38, Thadeus, 21, and 32-year-old Julie-Mae, who are husband and wife, first appeared before a magistrate on February 22 and were granted bail. At that time the prosecution informed the court that two other persons were being sought in connection with the matter.
Titus was recently arrested and jointly charged with the others for drug trafficking, possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
The court granted the husband and wife and Tonge bail in the sum of $600,000 with two sureties and a cash deposit of $100,000. However, they were unable to make bail and are still in prison.
Titus will also be placed on bond on the same terms and conditions as the trio.
The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) conducted an operation on Monday, February 20 and netted 277.53 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $555,000.
Tonge, Thadeus and Julie-Mae were arrested and charged while the authorities were looking for Titus.
Committal proceedings for these offences are set for May 14.