Similar fraud charges, different fates

Two men who appeared in a Bridgetown court jointly charged for fraud faced different fates Friday.

They are Kirk Mcneal Griffith, 41, of #2 Golden Rock, Pinelands, St Michael and Alwin Luton King, 38, of Browne’s Gap, Sargeant Village, Christ Church.

It is alleged that on December 14, with intent to defraud, they endeavoured to obtain from RBC Royal Bank of Canada (Barbados) Limited $1,623 by virtue of a forged instrument purporting to be payable to Alwin King, knowing it to be forged.

They were not required to plead to the indictable charge.

King is separately accused of forging a Royal Bank cheque payable to himself.

He pleaded guilty to that charge but he was not required to answer the charge that he uttered a certain forged bill of exchange to the bank, knowing it to be false.

Griffith, meanwhile, also faced separate charges that, with intent to defraud, he passed off a RBC Royal Bank (Barbados) Limited cheque payable to Alwin King for $1,623, knowing it to be forged.

He denied that charge, as well as that of fraudulently retaining a postal package which was in the course of transmission and which ought to have been delivered to Kevyn Investments limited.

Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim objected to bail for both men.

In specific reference to Griffith, the prosecutor revealed that the accused man had “a lot of matters” before the No.1 Criminal Court and was scheduled to return on January 12.

Pilgrim argued that the Crown feared that if granted his freedom, the accused man would commit further offences of this nature. He also told the court that Griffith had fled the scene, causing police to pursue him.

“This shows a propensity to avoid prosecution, Sir . . . . The uncertainty under which he will return to court to answer the charges . . . .”

With respect to King, the prosecutor said he had an indictable matter pending before the court, although not similar in nature.

“Investigations are being carried out and involves a network spanning the west coast of Africa,” Pilgrim added.

However, King’s attorney Verla Depieza argued that the ground for refusing her client bail was “fanciful”.

“That is just to add a layer of sensationalism to that matter that is not necessary,” Depieza said as she presented several reasons why her client was a “fit and proper candidate” for bail.

She also added that King had an impeccable court attendance record in relation to his other matter.

Taking all the arguments into consideration, Magistrate Douglas Frederick was prepared to offer King bail in the sum on $5,000. However, his surety told the court that it was their hope the accused would get help at the Psychiatric Hospital, or elsewhere.

As such, King was remanded to the Black Rock, St Michael institution for assessment. He returns to court on January 6.

Griffith, meantime, told the court that he had “more serious” matters before the court and “my attendance is impeccable too”.

“I abide by all the conditions that are set forth. I am not a flight risk; I live here in Barbados.”

However, the arguments were not enough to convince Magistrate Frederick who remanded Griffith into custody until January 13.

2 Responses to Similar fraud charges, different fates

  1. Hal Austin December 17, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Custody for attempted fraud of a few hundred dollars? Apr from their law courses, are magistrates given any training? Do they know about sentencing theory? Does anyone supervise their work, or given them annual appraisals?
    Who are the economists in the attorney general’s office? Apart from the speculative $50000 cost by one ‘criminologist ‘, what is the real cost of keeping people in prison? Can we afford it? Can a small time would-be fraudster be a real threat to society? As to trying to escape, the real problem is the other way round: if he did not try to escape then something would be mentally wrong with him.

  2. jrsmith December 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    My take we need the simple technology which would save our tax payers money,, All bails 25% of the bail should be paid in cash…
    Electronic tagging ,this would save millions. but this is barbados..
    someone from the other side might suggest this action , which might come to pass…..


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