No bail for robbery trio
Three men who appeared before a Bridgetown Magistrate today on robbery charges were remanded to HMP Dodds.
They are: Leross Leandre Burnett, 27, of Bartletts Tenantry, Sargeant Village, Christ Church; Rachad Jackson Thomas, 21, of 1st Avenue, Vauxhall, Christ Church; and Dale Oneale Moore, 33, of Chapman Village, St Thomas.
Burnett is accused of entering the Silver Fox Arcade on October 13 as a trespasser, with a firearm, and stealing a safe valued $400, a laptop computer valued $400, and $10 366 in Barbadian currency belonging to Palace Amusement, as well as a cellular phone valued $800, belonging to Che Nurse, and $189.75 belonging to Rodney Russell.
Burnett is also jointly charged with Thomas. They allegedly entered the dwelling house of Robert Hawkesworth as trespassers on October 19, with guns, and stole a television valued $3 000, a computer tablet valued $600, a cellular phone valued $300, a pair of sun glasses valued $300, a car key valued $50, and seven keys valued $35.
Burnett is also accused along with Moore of entering the house of Terry Ramsay as a trespasser on October 11, again with guns.
It is alleged that the two stole a cellular phone valued $1 549, two bottles of cognac worth $1 400, a bottle of whiskey worth $180, a watch worth $1 500, and a digital video recorder worth $1 799 belonging to Ramsay, as well as $1 040 in cash belonging to Lystra Ifill.
The three were not required to plead to the charges.
However, when it came time for bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson objected on several grounds: that the offences “touched and concerned” two police station districts, the nature and seriousness of the offence, and for the protection of society as it relates to the “intrusive [nature] . . . and invasion of property.”
“It is alleged to have occurred at night,” the prosecutor added.
Watson also revealed that police were searching for two other men “whose names have been called” and lawmen were “actively on that trial . . . seeking to find the persons in an unfettered way.”
The prosecutor also singled out Burnett, arguing that the accused was already out on bail, had several antecedents under the Theft Act, and if granted bail again, he would re-offend.
“[We submit] that all three accused be kept in custody, Sir. They are not fit and proper candidates to be granted bail at this time,” Watson argued.
However, Burnett’s attorney Naomi Lynton disagreed, arguing that her client had complied with all his bail conditions and was innocent until proven guilty.
She further argued that in relation to his past convictions, he had paid his debt to society.
Meantime, attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at who represented Thomas, said although his client was currently on bail, he had no prior convictions.
Ma’at dismissed the prosecutor’s arguments that police where searching for other persons as having no merit.
Moore, who is unknown to the system, was not represented by legal counsel and simply told the court: “I would like bail. I don’t know what you can do for me.”
However, the magistrate remanded the three into custody until November 22 after pointing to the level of concern about gun crimes in society.