Fraud accused Aaron Francisco Joseph was granted $10,000 bail in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
However, the Baycroft Road, St Michael resident will remain at Dodds prison for the time being, despite the successful bail application by his attorney, Shadia Simpson, since he has other matters pending.
The 25-year-old has been on remand for the last 28 days, charged with issuing a forged credit union cheque made payable to Michael Cox in the amount of $83,000, and of trying to obtain the same amount from FirstCaribbean International Bank on January 8.
When he appeared in court today, the prosecution maintained its objections to bail. Those are that the allegation against Joseph is serious and there is a possibility he could reoffend while out on bail, given that he already has 22 convictions, including 20 for dishonesty. The prosecutor also pointed out that the accused was already out on bail from the High Court on 2011 firearm possession and criminal damage charges, and he had a history of poor court attendance.
But Joseph’s attorney appealed for his release, based on his home situation. Simpson explained that her client’s girlfriend was pregnant and facing both health and financially difficulties, as she was totally dependent on him.
After considering the situation, Magistrate Douglas Frederick granted the accused bail, which he secured with one surety. Joseph, who is expected to return to court on May 24 on this matter, must also report to the District ‘A’ Police Station every Wednesday by 10 a.m. with valid identification.
However, he still has another bail hurdle to overcome in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court. In that jurisdiction, he is accused of issuing to the Barbados Workers’ Union Cooperative Credit Union, a forged CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank cheque in the name of Stephen Roach in the amount of $79, 000, on January 12. He is also accused of withdrawing the same amount from the account of Capita Financial Services Inc., made payable to the same person, and of demanding from the credit union the sum on $45, 000.
Joseph is also charged that, on the same date, he had a fraudulent Barbados identification card bearing the name of Stephen Roach, as well as a driver’s licence bearing the name of Roach Stephen Alex for the purpose of criminal deception.
He will remain on remand and make his next appearance in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court on March 5.