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Airline CEO fails to come up with surety

COURT TODAY BLOCKChief Executive Officer of Phoenix Airways Neville Chester Gumbs returned to jail yesterday after he could not provide two sureties to satisfy conditions for release on bail.

When the South District, St George resident first went before the District ‘A’ Traffic Court on Saturday, Magistrate Graveney Bannister offered him $100 000 bail with two sureties.

Gumbs, 27, was remanded in the meantime and given until Tuesday (yesterday) to secure the sureties. However, none was available when he returned to court.

He therefore continues on remand until April 7, in relation to  six charges of criminal deception. He faces an additional charge for evading liability, in that he intended to permanently default, either in part or in whole, by dishonestly inducing Denise Reed to wait for $5 148 owed for accommodation of a studio apartment at Club Rockley, Christ Church.

The alleged offences occurred between January 30 and February 16 this year.

According to its Facebook page, Phoenix Airways, which is based in St. Kitts, began operations last July and offers flights within the Caribbean.

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