Family affair

Mother, son, step-father on charges related to bank robbery

COURT TODAY BLOCKThree members of a family who were charged in connection with last month’s robbery at the Black Rock branch of Scotia Bank faced different fates when they appeared in court today.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick remanded 20-year-old Malcolm Marlon Archer on a charge of robbing the bank of BD$13,956 and US$308, while having a firearm with him on January 27.

The Lowthers Hill, Christ Church resident faces two other charges of robbing William Francis of a gold chain and pendant valued at $5,005 on November 5, 2014 and having cannabis on February 8 this year.

His 50-year-old stepfather Adrian Athelston Pinder, who lives at the same address, was released on $10,000 bail on a charge of dishonestly receiving BDS$3,650 and US$50 of the stolen money between January 27 and February 8.

From left stepfather Adrian Athelston Pinder, Malcolm Marlon Archer and Archer’s mother, Mohandai Durga-Pinder.

Archer’s mother, 43-year-old housekeeper Mohandai Durga-Pinder who resides at Sergeant’s Village, Christ Church, has been charged with money laundering, in that she received $500 which was the proceeds of crime. She was granted $2,000 bail.

Acting Station Sergeant Junior Kirton had objected to bail for Archer, pointing to the seriousness of the charges, the alleged aggression toward people and property in the commission of the offences, and the fact that the firearm allegedly used had not been recovered.

He also noted that Archer was on bail from the two District “A” courts and the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.

In the case of Oistins, Kirton told the court, an arrest warrant had already been issued for his non-appearance at that court.

“It is clear he will not present himself willingly to this court,” the prosecutor argued.

He also felt that if Archer was given bail, he was “likely to persist in this behaviour”.

In responding, accused Archer, who represented himself, explained that his absence from court was “just a misunderstanding” as he got his dates mixed up.

“As to the offence that you all alleged at the bank, at the end of the day it is just an allegation,” he submitted.

However, the magistrate remanded him until March 12.

Archer, Pinder and Durga-Pinder will appear at the District “B” Magistrates’ Court on February 17, for the matters that fall under that jurisdiction – Archer for the drug charge and Pinder and Durga-Pinder, who are represented by attorney-at-law Oliver Thomas, on their charges.

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