An attorney-at-law worked his magic today to get his client bail.
Romel Dacosta Graham, 37, of St Barnabas, St Michael, had appeared destined to spend at least the weekend at HMP Dodds when he appeared in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court on several fraud charges.
In the jurisdiction of District ‘C’, he was not required to plead to forging a FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB) cheque, which was made payable to Shawn Michael James for $453.10 on May 24.
Graham is also charged with trying to defraud FCIB of $453.10 on the same date and with obtaining from Marshall’s Mini-Mart Restaurant and Bar, goods to the value of $77, as well as $376.10 in Barbados currency, knowing the cheque to be forged.
In the jurisdiction of District ‘A’, he is charged with uttering a forged cheque to Republic Bank (Barbados), payable to Bruce Holder for $3,800 on May 18, knowing it to be forged and with endeavouring to obtain $3,800 from the same bank by uttering a forged cheque.
“There is nothing you can say to save him,” Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch told Graham’s lawyer, Ryan Moseley, after it was revealed that the accused was on bail from the High Court and from District ‘C’.
However, in a worthy submission, Moseley told the court that while his client was on bail for other matters, he had a sparkling record of attending court and that his travel documents had already been seized by the court.
He argued that bail should only be denied if the accused was seen as a flight risk, danger to society or to himself. Moseley also pointed out that Graham was gainfully employed and was “worried about what the worms would do to his cabbages in the fields”.
As a result, Birch had a change of heart and granted Graham $10,000 bail, $5,000 in each jurisdiction.
He is scheduled to return to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on June 7 and to the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court on July 5.