An unemployed Pinelands, St Michael man arrested in connection with a theft at Pirate’s Cove last month was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds when he appeared at the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court Thursday morning.
Dennis Rodney Beckles of 37 Golden Rock, Pinelands, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant charged with stealing 38 bottles of brandy, eight bottles of Vodka and two bottles of whiskey on June 3.
The 50-year-old man pleaded not guilty to taking the items which had a total value of $8,001.60.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons objected to bail based on the seriousness of the charge, in addition to the accused having eight other theft related matters before the court. Gibbons also argued that the strength of evidence as well as the fact that police were still actively seeking another person in relation to the case, made Beckles a threat to the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
In response, Beckles pointed out that an accused was presumed innocent until proven guilty and therefore his freedom ought not to be denied based on an allegation.
He also contended that he has shown no inclination in the past to evade the courts or interfere in any ongoing investigation.
“If I was a threat, would I have voluntarily turned myself in on two occasions in relation to this matter? I have no reason to fear the court. I have never missed a court date and I have no intention of getting in the way of the police investigation. Any condition imposed by the court I am willing to adhere to,” Beckles insisted.
However, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant was not moved by his mitigation and remanded him until August 17.