A 29-year-old man, who allegedly escaped police custody twice, is now being bars.
Leross Leandre Burnett, of Longford Place, Waterford, St Michael, who was earlier the subject of a wanted man bulletin before he was captured last week, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this morning, charged with a total of 27 offences – the majority for fraud, allegedly committed in three jurisdictions.
Two of these instances reportedly occurred between February 26 and March 15 this year in the District ‘E’ jurisdiction, where Burnett is set to appear in court on May 8.
However, before that, he is scheduled to go before the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court on May 3 in connection with seven offences, which allegedly took place between March 6 and April 26. Among the seven offences are two related to resisting arrest and assaulting police officers.
Burnett is also accused of committing several crimes in the District ‘A’ jurisdiction sometime between September 20, 2017 and April 11 this year, including forging several RBC Royal Bank (Barbados) Limited cheques and escaping custody without the use of force.
Some of the charges are indictable which means he can only plead to the offences in the High Court.
Today, the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, objected to bail for the accused on the grounds that investigations were still ongoing in the matter. He also pointed to the nature and serious of the offences and the fact that Burnett is well known to the courts and has cases pending in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court.
“The accused is not amicable to justice as he has escaped lawful custody twice. On the later occasion police were injured and [remain] on sick leave. He is also a flight risk,” the prosecutor submitted.
However, Burnett’s attorney Shadia Simpson pointed out that there were other accused in the case. She also claimed that “principal alleged offender” was a non-national who had been granted bail.
Simpson further submitted that her client was a father of two children under the age of three with a third on the way.
The application for bail was denied and Burnett was remanded to reappear in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on May 28.