Two men pleaded guilty to the same offence of giving cause to suspect that they were about to commit theft. However, one was granted bail while the other was remanded.
Akeem Deshawn Carter, 18, of Kendal Hill Main Road, Christ Church and Jabriel O’Bryan Archer, 21, of Gall Hill in the same parish, appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
The facts revealed that police received information that a man in an orange shirt was seen in the area of the Garfield Sobers Roundabout attempting to remove tyres from a vehicle.
When they arrived, police saw Carter walking in the area. They also noticed Archer sitting in a car on the opposite side of the road. Neither man could give a satisfactory account of his presence there.
When they were interviewed by police, both admitted they were there to steal the tyres. Archer further told police he was waiting until Carter was through to transport the tyres.
In response to a question from Magistrate Frederick as to whether he intended to remove “all four tyres”, Carter said “only one”.
He explained: “Somebody tell me that they want them. The person who did want it, only one tyre blow out.”
Co-accused Archer told the Magistrate that he never went to steal anything on the day but saw Carter while he was on his way to the gas station, and Carter asked him to accompany him. Along the journey, he said Carter told him to “stop here, he going and come back”.
Archer told the court that he asked Carter to “come along” but before he could respond, the police arrived. He said the car he was sitting in at the time was his girlfriend’s.
“You are lucky to have a girlfriend who would lend you a car. And you use the car to steal and put her in possible trouble?” the Magistrate queried.
Presentencing reports were ordered on both men, who return to court on July 27. Archer was granted $1 500 bail while Carter, who is already on a year’s probation, was remanded.