An 18-year-old man was granted $3,000 bail when he appeared in a Bridgetown Court today charged with possession of counterfeit money.
Elijah Akeem Copeland, of Chase Road, Halls Road, St Michael, is accused of uttering to Headquarters Sports Bar, on February 15, four $50 bank notes, with the same serial numbers, purporting them to be genuine notes issued by the Central Bank of Barbados, knowing them to be forged.
It is also alleged that Copeland tried to buy a bottle of alcohol worth $154 from the same sports bar with the counterfeit money.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim objected to bail for the accused on the grounds that he is currently on bail from the High Court on a charge of endangering life.
The prosecutor also pointed to the nature and seriousness of the offence, as well as the need to protect society.
“The issuance of counterfeit in these economic times Sir has to be taken into consideration, especially with entrepreneurs getting duped,” Pilgrim said.
However, defence attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens argued that while her client was already on bail, the two offences were not of a similar nature. She also pointed out that the unemployed teen had no priors and that the objections raised by the prosecution were not enough to “deny this boy his liberty”.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick agreed with her arguments.
“Even though this is a serious matter, it is [something] that can easily occur, but it is still complex,” the magistrate said just before he accepted Copeland’s surety.
However, he told the accused that he had to be careful in the future as he had now been granted bail twice.
Copeland is to reappear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on May 10.