He appeared in court on a theft charge, but Andre Glenroy Brathwaite found himself on remand at HMP Dodds for failing to pay an old fine.
A warrant had been out for the arrest of the 34-year-old resident of Mangrove, St Philip, it was disclosed when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick on a charge of stealing a Samsung tablet worth $450, belonging to D.E. Computers Ltd., on February 2, 2014.
Brathwaite denied the charge.
When the issue of bail first came up, the prosecutor had no objections, but the court had to await Brathwaite’s surety. During that time, police made a further check of Brathwaite’s record.
It was then that it was discovered Brathwaite had faced a charge at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court under the name Andre Glenroy Bourne and had signed documents using that name.
Sergeant Neville Watson further revealed that the accused had been placed on a bond for a year, which had since expired, but $300 in costs attached to the sentence had not been paid.
“In fact, Sir, the magistrate issued a warrant on April 5, 2016. The thing is, Sir, the accused gave . . . prints at Holetown and when he was fingerprinted for this offence before the court today, it [was] put into the system [and] it came up as a flag that he is already in the system and his photograph came up, Sir, in relation to the 2015 matter,” Watson explained.
“So this is the same Andre Glenroy Bourne who is the same Andre Glenroy Brathwaite. So there is a warrant outstanding for him at Holetown,” the prosecutor added.
In response, Brathwaite said: “I don’t know nothing about that charge.”
“You never went to Holetown?” Magistrate Frederick then asked.
Brathwaite answered: “No Sir.”
“And you have never used that name?” the magistrate asked.
“No Sir. . . . It is not me, Sir.”
But Frederick did not buy that.
“There [are] no two people in Barbados or anywhere in the world with the same prints nor the same photograph,” the magistrate said.
Frederick then told the accused that he would be remanded into custody and sent over to Holetown, because “you are saying it is not you.”
Despite pleading for his release, Brathwaite was remanded into custody until October 28.