Four men, who allegedly stole several power tools, were granted bail when they appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.
They are 52-year-old Mark Anderson Franklyn, of Jordan’s Lane, Nelson Street, St Michael; 50-year-old Junior Orlando Sobers, of Licorish Village, St Michael; 42-year-old John Patrick Haynes, of Rock Hall, St Thomas and 50-year-old Denis Rodney Beckles, of No. 37 Golden Rock, Pinelands, St Michael.
The accused men, who are separately charged with stealing equipment belonging to Williams Equipment in December last year, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The prosecutor did not object to bail for Franklyn, who allegedly stole a demolition hammer worth $4,559 on December 11, 2017. However, he must now report to Central Police Station every Wednesday and Friday before 10 with valid identification following his release on $5,000 bail.
Meantime, Sobers was released on $3,000 bail on a charge of stealing a power washer worth $4,400 on December 22, while Haynes, who is accused on stealing a generator worth $6,707
on December 30 and another worth $3,500 belonging to Innotech Equipment Inc on January 2 this year, was granted $5,000 bail.
However, the prosecutor, Station Sergeant Neville Reid objected to bail for Beckles, who is accused of committing four offences.
It is alleged that he stole a demolition hammer worth $4,559 belonging to Williams Equipment on December 7 as well as a generator worth $6,707 on December 20. He is further accused of stealing a demolition hammer worth $1,785 belonging to C&A Tools and Equipment Limited on December 12 and of dishonestly disposing a generator on December 19, knowing or believing it to be stolen.
Reid argued that Beckles should be remanded to prison as he was already on bail from the No.2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court for a similar offence and there were fears that, if released, he would reoffend. The prosecutor also referred to the accused man’s antecedents, which he said showed a propensity for committing crimes of dishonesty.
However, Beckles’ attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, argued that there was no need to remand his client as all the aforementioned property had been recovered. He further argued that the pending case against Beckles was of some “vintage” and as such did not hold any weight under the circumstances. Pilgrim also rejected the view that his client was likely to abscond, saying he had an “excellent record” of keeping his court dates.
After weighing the arguments of both sides, Frederick ruled in favour of the defence and granted Beckles $10,000 bail which he secured with one surety.
All four men will make their next appearance in court on April 18.