ST JOHN MAN MAKES NO EFFORT TO GET BAIL ON BURGLARY CHARGES
Karim Olantude Codrington was remanded to HMP Dodds today after appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on multiple burglary and traffic charges.
And he went with little resistance, making no attempt to argue for bail.
The 29-year-old resident of Sergeant Street, St John was not required to plead to a charge that he entered the home of Joanne Jordan as a trespasser and stole a television set worth $1 600; a bottle of vodka worth $85; a bottle of wine worth $170; a gas container worth $25 and $10 in gasoline, sometime between October 28 and 31 this year.
However, he entered a not guilty plea to the charge of entering the R.S Friendship Mini Mart as a trespasser and stealing 12 tins of tuna worth $43.20; four packages of Milo worth $32; four cigarette lighters worth $4; four packages of condoms worth $25; seven packs of playing cards worth $17.50; 16 tins of corned beef worth $90.60; 14 bottles of brandy worth $105; two packages of Horlicks worth $24; 14 canned beverages worth $65; 34 bottles of rum worth $509; six bottles of wine worth $42; 26 bottles of mauby syrup worth $144.60; 68 packages of cigarettes worth $546.50; 12 boxes of Supligen worth $42; eight cartons of milk worth $65; and 14 cartons of juices worth $91, belonging to Samuel Sargeant.
Codrington is also accused of stealing 25 lottery tickets worth $149 and $400 belonging to Barbados Lotteries – a charge he also denied.
Those offences allegedly occurred between November 1and 2.
The unemployed man also pleaded not guilty to the November 2 offence that, not being at his place of abode, he had with him articles for use in the connection with burglary, namely a bolt cutter, two claw hammers, a crow bar, a pair of gloves and a screwdriver.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill objected to bail, based on the serious nature of the charges.
“Ma’am, not going into the facts . . . [but in the matter of] going equipped, some of the property has been recovered . . . In the case of the burglary, other people are being sought and we fear that he might interfere with the investigations,” Ifill told the court.
She also revealed that Codington had an unpaid $650 fine stemming from a sentence at the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court back in April, which carried a 90-day prison term.
When it came time to make a bail application, Codrington said: “I do not want to make an application now.”
The young man, who was not represented by an attorney, also admitted to several traffic violations, which occurred on November 2 while he was driving on 1st Avenue Friendship, St Michael.
He pleaded guilty to having no licence and admitted that the vehicle had no road tax or insurance, was not registered with the Licensing Authority, and carried fraudulent license plates.
According to the facts presented by Sergeant Ifill, Codrington was arrested after police discovered the offences during a traffic check on his vehicle around 12:52 a.m. on the date in question.
Asked whether he had anything to say on the traffic charges, Codrington told the magistrate: “No, Ma’am.”
He was slapped with a $750 fine for having no insurance, a $475 fine for having no road tax and a $350 fine for having no driver’s licence. He has one month to pay all three fines or he will spend one month in prison for each default.
Codrington, who revealed that he has never had a driver’s licence, was also banned from applying for one for the next 12 months.
For having fraudulent plates and no registration, he was reprimanded and discharged.
The matter of the unpaid fine along with the alleged burglary at the home of Joanne Jordan have been transferred to Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch at the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court, where Codrington will appear on November 10.
On the other burglary charge and the allegation of going equipped for burglary, he was remanded to prison until December 5.