Duane Avon Rowan Straker was lucky to avoid being remanded to prison this afternoon.
The 33-year-old unemployed man of Phillips Gap, Lightfoot Lane, St Michael was granted $10,000 bail by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court on a charge of having counterfeit money.
Straker was not required to plead to the indictable charges of uttering one forged bank note to Andre Griffith, as well as knowingly trying to defraud Griffith of $50.
While police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid did not object to bail, he told the magistrate that while the sum of money involved was small, the offence was a very serious one and asked that conditions be attached to Straker’s bail.
As a result, Cuffy-Sargeant ordered Straker to report to Central Police Station every Wednesday before 9 a.m.
Straker will return to court on June 13. He is being represented by Dr Waldo Ramsey.