A 50-year-old serial thief who has been on remand since July for allegedly stealing $8,000 worth of alcohol from Pirate’s Cove had his spirit lifted today when secured his temporary freedom.
Dennis Rodney Beckles of #37 Golden Rock, Pinelands, St Michael was previously unrepresented by an attorney, but when he appeared today before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, intervened and applied for bail on his behalf, and he was released on $8,000 bail.
As part of the conditions for bail Beckles, who has eight previous convictions under the Theft Act, must report to Central Police Station every Tuesday and Friday before 4p.m. with valid identification, and is barred from venturing onto any Pirate’s Cove premises.
Beckles has denied stealing 38 bottles of brandy worth $6,560, eight bottles of vodka worth $1,068 and two bottles of whiskey worth $373 sometime between June 3 and 16. He is due to return to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on January 17.