Dominican woman considered a flight risk

COURT TODAY BLOCKA woman accused of stealing $36 000 has been granted $40 000 bail and will return to court in February next year.

Christaline Edwina Ackie, of Lot 80 Mangrove Park, St Philip went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant. She was not required to plead to the indictable charge of stealing $36 010 an 18 cheques sometime between August 22 and October 26 this year, belonging to Nuclear Medicine Barbados Incorporated.

Sergeant Neville Reid objected to bail, saying that there was an on-going investigation relating to “a substantial sum” of money. Investigations also revealed that the accused “was making preparations to leave the country”, Reid said, since officers who went to her home found packed suitcases there, Additionally, there was information that she was in the process of selling her home.

The prosecutor said that although the Dominican national has status here, he felt that if she were granted bail there was the possibility of her fleeing the jurisdiction.

Responding, attorney-at-law Steve Gollop said that Ackie has been residing in Barbados for the past seven years. He further remarked that the accused did intend to leave “her property but not the jurisdiction.” He explained that that was because she wanted to lease her residence as a source of income, rather than sell it.

The lawyer also spoke to the absence of a travel itinerary, which he felt would show the court a real intent to abscond.

Gollop added that the Crown already has his client’s passport, which went “a long way toward controlling her movements”.

Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant granted the woman bail and ordered her to give the court her new address and report to a police station twice weekly with identification.

11 Responses to Dominican woman considered a flight risk

  1. Hamza Bourne
    Hamza Bourne November 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    That woman should have been remanded

  2. Kirt Jordan
    Kirt Jordan November 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Am I misreading? She is considered a flight risk and is granted bail until February? lol

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Agree Kirt only can this happen in Barbados justice system damm stupid.

    • Kirt Jordan
      Kirt Jordan November 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

      If a man steals two breadfruits they would remand him without consideration

    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Bajan still use that word to outsiders, Banana Boat Diane Elaine Dias

  3. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox November 21, 2015 at 9:11 am

    If she steal a sweet bread or had a bag of weed she would be on remand

  4. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks November 21, 2015 at 10:13 am

    They say they have the passport, but look at the nature of the crime, some guys have all the luck

  5. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck November 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Why she didn’t take out a loan on her house

  6. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin November 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Hmmm…one wonders how she got the house.

  7. Panwallie November 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I wonder which passport they held.
    Another woman who was charged, but not remanded and from whom they had confiscated her Barbadian passport was able to slip out the same day using her native country’s passport. She later slipped back in for her possessions and back out, but not before visiting the place from which she had stolen and not before describing Bajans as stupid. I think she was getting help all around.

    • Panwallie November 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      By the way, do boats carry cargo to Dominica?


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