An assistant manager at a security company, who had earlier admitted to stealing from the very place he was hired to protect, has been granted bail.
Patrick Charles Cox, of Canewood Road, Jackson, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this morning after serving 28 days on remand awaiting his pre-sentencing report.
On December 21 last year, Cox, along with co-accused Wayne Anderson Highland, of Jackson Tenantry Road, St Michael, reportedly entered Tiki Bar as trespassers and stole two bottles of Absolute Vodka, three bottles of rum, seven packs of cigarettes, one box of Pine Hill juice and four pounds of sweet peppers, valued at $454.
In arguing for his client’s bail, Marshall pointed out that Cox had no previous convictions. He also said given the value of the items, the likelihood of a custodial sentence was slim.
However, Frederick was not initially inclined to agree, stating that Cox’s action was more than just a breach of confidence. In fact, he termed it a “complete betrayal”.
In response, Marshall pointed out that his client had already served time on remand.
Therefore, “should the court determine that no time is to be served, Cox cannot get back the time he already served on remand,” the attorney said, adding that “Mr Cox has learnt from his 28 days on remand, having his wife coming to visit him in this condition”.
In the end Frederick conceded that Marshall was making some good points.
“You are not dissuaded by my arguments. I like that!
“It is a serious matter, but he is a security guard and to be a guard you have to get a clean certificate of character from the police,” the magistrate added before releasing the accused on $5,000 bail and ordering him to return to court on February 16.