A 54-year-old man, who is accused of committing six fraud-related offences, was released on bail Thursday on account of his medical condition.
Wearing a catheter, Edward Dacosta Cumberbatch, of no fixed place of abode, stood before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court charged with issuing, with intent to defraud, three forged Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited cheques that were made payable to him in the amounts of $6,500 on June 9, $7,000 on June 12 and $8,000 on June 14.
The alleged fraudster, who was not required to plead to any of the offences, also reportedly issued three forged cheques in the same amounts and on the same dates – all made payable to him by Republic Bank on behalf of Hunte’s Nurseries Limited.
Before discussing the issue of bail, the magistrate questioned Cumberbatch about the absence of an address on his charge sheet, with the accused man maintaining that he lived at Combermere Street, The City. It was later revealed that he lived in an abandoned house there.
Nonetheless, prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock objected to Cumberbatch’s release based on the seriousness of the charges and the possibility that he could reoffend if granted bail. Rock also mentioned Cumberbatch’s antecedents while arguing that there was need to protect the society.
However, in his bail application Cumberbatch said he was having trouble with his prostate; hence the reason for the bag attached to the right side of his body.
In response, the magistrate acknowledged that Cumberbatch was accused of very serious offences. However, Frederick said Cumberbatch’s life was more important, and as such he needed proper treatment for his condition.
After some discussion, the magistrate ruled in Cumberbatch’s favour and granted bail in the sum of $5,000 with one surety.
However, he must report to Central Police Station every Wednesday by 10 a.m. with valid identification.
Cumberbatch is scheduled to make his second appearance before the magistrate on October 30.