A magistrate has upheld the Crown’s objections against bail for a Bayville, St Michael man, remanding him to prison in connection with a raft of serious charges from different jurisdictions, including a high-speed chase through central Barbados.
Police prosecutor Victoria Taitt also submitted that Kevin Londre Renaldo Best, 34, of Field Place, who is facing the court on burglary, theft and traffic offences should not be granted his pretrial liberty at this time as he is back before the law courts just a little over a year after being released from prison in February 2020.
Best is accused of stealing $1,000 cash from Tyriq Bynoe on March 8 while in the District ‘B’ Oistins jurisdiction. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and is set to reappear before Magistrate Deidre McKenna in the Oistins Magistrates Court on April 26.
The accused is also charged with offences that occurred in District ‘A’. No pleas were taken with regard to those charges.
He is accused of stealing four rims and tyres worth $5,000 from Nicholas Stapleton on February 19 as well as trespassing on the house of Nicole Tudor and stealing a mobile phone worth $300 belonging to Tre Tudor on April 7. He already faces a charge of damaging the window and windscreen of Clarence Williams’s car last July 11.
Best is accused of committing a series of traffic offences on April 6 in an apparent police pursuit that began on Waterford Road, St Michael and ended in Carmichael, St George.
About 2:05 p.m., prosecutors said Best drove a motor car with bogus registration XA325 on Waterford Road without a licence and insurance and failed to give way and stop on the approach of a police vehicle sounding its siren on the Errol Barrow Highway.
The Crown alleges that Best was speeding at 100 kilometres an hour on the 80 kph-limit highway and drove in a manner dangerous to the public.
Then on Haggatt Hall Road, the Crown said, he overtook traffic when he did not have a clear and unobstructed view of the road and did not keep his vehicle on the left side of the road when he was on Constant Road.
Best also traversed Carmichael Road where he did not apply the emergency brakes and stop the engine before exiting the vehicle, the Crown alleges.
Given those charges, PC Taitt objected to his bail, further telling the court the accused was again before the court in connecting with offences dating from July 11, 2020, to April 6. “If granted bail the prosecution fears he will re-offend,” she submitted.
The accused’s attorney Mohia Ma’at made submissions on his behalf but Magistrate McKenna who sits at the Oistins Magistrates’ Court where Best appeared ruled in favour of the prosecution.
The accused will appear in District ‘A’ Traffic Court on April 21 in connection with all the District ‘A’ charges.