Three 30-year-old men, who allegedly robbed the supervisor at Bulkeley Plantation in St George last month, have been remanded to HMP Dodds until December 12.
Jermaine Kenneth King, of No. 274, 4th Avenue, Windward Gardens, St Philip; Ramon Jamar Goodridge, of Waverly Cot, St George; and Damien Andre Collymore, of Carmichael Tenantry, St George, are jointly charged with robbing Arnold Charles Bynoe of $38, 961. 50 on November 9.
Members of the crime trio were not required to plead to the indictable offence when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court.
However, in her application for bail on behalf of Collymore, attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens submitted that her client was a fit candidate, despite having a three-year-old cannabis charge pending before the court.
Mitchell-Gittens revealed that her client was a taxi driver who also reared and sells dogs.
“No pre-trial detention is needed at this time [as] . . . indictable matters [are] unlikely to get to trial anytime in the near future,” she said, while suggesting that stringent conditions could be imposed to secure his attendance at court.
A similar application was made by Goodridge’s lawyer Rasheed Belgrave who told the court that though the accused man had a pending four-year-old cannabis charge, he also had a history of attending every sitting of his case.
“There is no fear that he will abscond . . . and I urge the court to impose any condition that will not interfere with his work as a labourer . . . . He is a fit and proper candidate for bail,” Belgrave submitted.
Meantime, King’s legal counsel Mohia Ma’at pointed out to the Chief Magistrate that his client, who had been in police custody for the past ten days, had no prior convictions.
“He has a clean slate and it could only be trouble if there is evidence to support the charge before the court,” he submitted, while also suggesting that conditions could also be imposed in order to secure his bail, as “there was no indication that this matter will be adjudicated within the next 12-18 months”.
Despite the “strong arguments” Birch, in support of the prosecutor’s objection to bail, remanded the three men to jail for the next 28 days.