A 42-year-old man who is charged with possession of counterfeit money – his fifth such charge in as many years – will remain on remand at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick ruled that John Nathaniel Bancroft, of Odessa McClean Drive, St Michael who had been on remand since March 14, be kept at the St Philip penal institution and make another appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on July 5.
Bancroft is charged with having, without lawful authority or excuse, two forged US$50 bank notes, purporting them to be genuine notes issued by the Federal Reserve of New York, knowing them to be forged.
The accused, who is not required to plead to the indictable charge, made another application for bail in the Bridgetown court this week.
“Four months that I am on remand, Sir, for this case. From the first day you told the prosecution that this case is priority . . . but still no progress, Sir,” Bancroft complained.
However, the prosecutor said the Crown was trying to get Brancroft’s pending matters dealt with.
“Trying to do the old matters is not going to help me, Sir,” the accused said, to which the magistrate replied that the system did not operate in that way.
“I would like you to grant me bail so I can deal with my matter, Sir,” the accused said.
But Magistrate Frederick told the man that his wish could not be granted at this time.