Two St Michael men, accused of stealing more than $11,000 worth of items from churches in four parishes, were today remanded to prison.
When 28-year-old Jamal Shane Quintyne of Grazettes Main Road, St Michael and 32-year-old Wayne Harold McCarthy of Lot 146, Seclusion Gardens, Black Rock, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, they were not required to plead to the indictable offences.
However, the court was told that between February 5 and 6 last year, Quintyne, who is unemployed, entered the New Testament Church of God on Bank Hall, St Michael and stole speakers valued at $400; two microphones worth $200 and a surge protector valued at $250.
McCarthy, who is also unemployed, allegedly entered the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, St Philip between April 20 and 21 this year where he stole two speakers valued at $3,000, two chalices worth $1,000, two patents worth $800 and a bale of toilet paper costing $45.
During this same period, both men allegedly travelled to St Augustine Anglican Church in St George, went inside and stole three television sets valued at $2,400, which were the property of the church.
The stealing spree reportedly continued up to this month as the duo switched parishes and hit the Holy Innocents Anglican Church in St Thomas between May 10 and 11, where two microphones valued at $810, two cables worth $224, one backup power supply unit costing $1,700 and a $700 laptop owned by Keimar Greene were stolen.
Today, Quintyne was not represented by legal counsel and when asked by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant if he wanted to apply for bail, the accused man replied, in almost a whisper: “No ma’am.”
On the other hand, McCarthy’s attorney Kevin Miller appealed for bail on his behalf, saying his client was well respected and did a lot of good work in the community in addition to having no prior convictions.
However, the magistrate agreed with the police prosecutor, Station Sergeant Janice Ifill, that both men should be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds, based on the serious nature of the offences, which took place in four jurisdictions and the fact that police were still searching for other suspects, even though the property was recovered.
They are due to reappear in the District ‘A’ Court on June 15.
They will also appear in District ‘B’ on May 23, District ‘C’ on May 26 and District ‘D’ on June 1.