An alleged burglar, who was reportedly caught “red-handed”, has denied six burglary charges brought against him.
Reuben Decoursey Jordan, who resides at Fairfield Crossroad, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Friday afternoon, accused of entering Albert Butcher’s home as a trespasser on December 10 and stealing a $300 Black & Decker electric saw, a $900 Black & Decker compressor, an Apple watch worth $1,600, a TCL television worth $700, an Acer laptop worth $1,000, an Acer tablet worth $200, a gas cylinder worth $38, a gas bottle head worth $46 and US$100 cash.
It is also alleged that the 26-year-old entered Dexter Arthur’s home on the same date and made away with a Dell laptop worth $2,000.
Jordan told Magistrate Douglas Frederick he was not guilty of those charges or entering: the home of Eunice Boyce as a trespasser on December 7, and stealing a cable box worth $450 belonging to Columbus Television Communications Barbados Limited; or the home of Jael Sandiford on November 15 as a trespasser, and stealing a RCA television worth $1,000. He also denied stealing a power washer gun worth $450, a battery worth $250, two screwdrivers worth $45 and a $65 wrench from Gerard Augustin, on November 6; and stealing a $400 carpet belonging to Judy-Ann Best between December 10 and 11, an $800 carpet belonging to Murial O’Neal, and two $600 carpets – one belonging to Brenda Wilson and the other to Marvin Beckles.
“We believe if the accused is granted bail, he will continue [to engage] in further offences,” police prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim told the court as he put forward several grounds why Jordan should not be granted his freedom.
“The aggravating features, Sir, are that some of these offences were committed in the night time. On two instances, two of the virtual complainants were confronted by the accused who was caught red-handed, Sir,” Pilgrim said.
He alleged that not only did Jordan allegedly infiltrate private dwellings but businesses as well.
The prosecutor pointed to the “serious nature of the offences . . . and the society is to be protected from the accused, given the time of year”.
In pleading for his freedom, Jordan said: “I ain’t no flight risk . . . . I ain’t break into nobody place, Sir . . . I ain’t going to do any folly, Sir.”
However, Magistrate Frederick pointed out to the accused that the prosecutor was in possession of “serious evidence” that he was caught red-handed and, as such, he would be remanded into custody until January 13.