Three accused of stealing thousands
A St Michael man charged with stealing over $120,000 in cash was among three people remanded to HMP Dodds today on theft charges.
Reynold Randolph Roach, 49, of Lot 3B Lower Estate Heights, St Michael; 46-year-old Robert DaCosta Walker of Melrose, St Thomas and Cherry-Ann Karen Lashley, 43, also of Melrose
St Thomas were remanded to prison until May 20, when they appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
Roach, a joiner, is facing eight charges which span the District ‘A’, District ‘D’ and District ‘E’ jurisdictions.
He is accused of stealing $5,000 belonging to Binnoy Balakrishnam on January 14, 2016; stealing $19,844 belonging to Vernon Stevenson between September 29, 2014 and April 27, 2015; stealing $8,000 belonging to Henderson Gibbs between September 23, 2013 and June 30, 2015; stealing $14,500 belonging to Vernon Stevenson between September 19, 2014 and April 27, 2015; stealing $11,000 between September 23, 2014 and April 27, 2015 belonging to Vernon Stevenson; stealing $12,500 belonging to Vernon Stevenson between October 23, 2014 and April 27, 2015 and stealing $18,000 between September 30, 2011 and June 17, 2015 belonging to Stephen Prescod.
Roach is also jointly charged with Walker and Lashley with stealing $39,750 belonging to Prophet Fresh Fruit and Variety Ltd sometime between March 26 and April 19, 2016.
Walker and Lashley are jointly charged with stealing $5,000 belonging to Prophet Fresh Fruit and Variety Ltd on April 20, 2016.
Police prosecutor Station Sargeant Janice Ifill had only objected to Roach being granted bail, citing the large amount of money involved.
She said that he was also already on bail for similar offences and urged the court not to grant him bail as “the public needed to be protected from persons such as him”.
Roach’s attorney Dennis Headley however, countered by saying that the offences were “bailable matters” and that the new accusations were based on contractual disputes. He said his client was also a man of good character who stood to lose both his job and the house he was renting if he was sent to prison.
In making bail applications, Lashley told the court she had four children to support and that she took care of her blind mother, while Walker urged the magistrate to release him on bail as he had a young child to support.
Despite their submissions, Cuffy-Sargeant remanded the trio to prison, citing the seriousness of the offences.
Roach will appear in the District ‘E’ Magistrates Court on April 26 and the District ‘D’ Magistrates Court on April 29.