Four men, including two Jamaicans, accused of unlawfully entering the home of Kenrick Tugwell between Thursday and Friday last week and stealing $3 000, have pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Shammare Tevin Cole, a 19-year-old student of Suttle Street, St Michael; Omar David Smith, a 34-year-old cook, of the same address; along with two unemployed men — 20-year-old Damian Omar Bynoe, of Deacons Main Road, St Michael and 24-year-old Tremaine Dario Yarde of Rock Gap, Spooners Hill, St Michael — were each granted bail late this afternoon
when they appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
However, Station Sergeant Neville Watson, who prosecuted the case, had objected to bail for members of the quartet, pointing out that Cole and Smith were both non-nationals with no roots, or ties to the island. He had also submitted that they had overstayed the 14-days granted to them upon entering Barbados.
Cole came here on February 12 this year and Smith on September 28, 2015, he said.
As for the other two accused, Watson argued that they were already on bail from the same court.
However, in response, Cole insisted that he had applied for an extension of his stay and it was granted. He said this was reflected in his passport, which he offered to send someone for. Smith also said he had been granted six months upon arrival.
Magistrate Frederick sent for their passports after an Immigration Officer told the court that he only had a record of their arrival dates but nothing on their departure.
The passports verified what the two accused men had testified in the court and along with Bynoe and Yarde were eventually granted $3 000 bail. However, the two Jamaicans will return to court on March 24, while the co-accused will do so on May 3.