Two other men have been remanded to Dodds prison in connection with the daring January 6 robbery at Golden Sands Hotel.
Twenty-three-year olds Rachan Jackson Thomas, of 1st Avenue, Vauxhall, Christ Church and Niko Antonia James, of Cane Vale, Christ Church today appeared in two separate courtrooms where they were not required to the indictable charges.
They are accused of entering the Ixora Restaurant as trespassers on the aforementioned date and stealing a $100 cash tin, $5,000 in cash belonging to Golden Sands Hotel and $900 in cash belonging to Cricket Franchise Barbados. It is alleged that they were in possession of firearms at the time.
Thomas, who appeared before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court, and James, who went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, are also charged with recklessly and unlawfully discharging a firearm in Ixora Restaurant on the same day, which placed eight people – three women and five men – in danger of death or serious bodily harm.
They are also accused of robbing Emmerson Trotman on January 3 of a cellular phone worth $300, a $50 wallet, a $1,500 watch and $1,400 in cash, as well as entering Trotman’s house on the same day and stealing $200 in cash while armed with a firearm.
Today, Thomas was remanded until March 19, while James is expected to appear before Magistrate Watts on February 19.
The two now join Hakeem Zoe Isiah Robinson, of No.2 Bartlett’s Tenantry, Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church and his co-accused Akeem Ricardo Bourne of 5th Avenue, Wildey, St Michael and #385 Emerald Park West, Six Roads, St Philip at the St Philip penitentiary.
However, James’ legal troubles did not end there as he is also jointly accused with 18-year-old Shad Gabriel Orlando Slocombe, of Block 1, Apartment 5, Country Towers, St Michael of committing a number of other burglaries.
James and Slocombe are jointly accused of entering Frankie’s barber shop armed with a firearm on December 23 last year and stealing a $7,000 chain belonging to Kemar Greene and a $350 chain belonging to Shalon Bryan.
They are further accused of entering the home of Mohammed Patel as trespassers on January 18 and stealing two cellular phones worth $2,300 and $1,700 in cash belonging to the homeowner, as well as a $1,800 cellular phone and $50 cash belonging to Asef Mangera; $300 belonging to Latiff Patel; an $1,800 cellular phone and $300 belonging to Ahmed Kara and a cellular phone worth $1,800 and $50 in cash belonging to Ismail Hans.
The two accused were not required to plead to the indictable charge as it is alleged that they had a knife and gun at the time.
They were remanded to prison until March 5, despite a strong appeal for bail by Slocombe’s attorney Mohia Ma’at.