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Branch denies fraud charges

COURT TODAY BLOCKA St Peter man denied several fraud charges when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court yesterday.

Louwayne Joel Eugene Branch, 36, of Clarke’s Road, Ashton Hall, denied committing 11 fraud offences between November 7, 2014 and May 9 this year.

The charges against him include stealing a cheque book, uttering forged cheques to and obtaining materials from Barbados Steel Works and Marshall Trading.

There are also allegations of robbing Karen Rowe, Wendene Alleyne, Annette Slocombe, Michelle Medford and Joyce Ramdeholl of bangles.

Branch was remanded to HMP Dodds and will appear at the Holetown Court on May 18 in relation to three other charges in that jurisdiction.

Station Sergeant Keith Belle objected to bail, stating that the allegations were serious, there was a “proliferation of charges” and that Branch seemed to have a propensity to commit offences relating to dishonesty.

The prosecutor noted that the accused already had antecedents of a similar nature and urged that he should be “kept in custody for the protection of society and of himself.”

Branch had also absented himself from another court and a warrant of arrest had been issued for him.

The unemployed man, who was unrepresented, said he did not intend to waste the court’s time. He therefore requested a short adjournment date from Magistrate Frederick since he intended to return to that court to plead guilty to three offences.

Additionally, Branch requested that the prosecution “find whichever of the 11 cases where you can find a file and start it”.

He returns to the Bridgetown court on June 8.

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