Guard held

Security officer charged with stealing 26 TV sets

A security guard from St Michael will spend the next 28 days at HMP Dodds after appearing in a Bridgetown court today accused of stealing 26 television sets worth $26, 553. 02.

Linus Joel Cumberbatch, 33, of Upper Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St Michael denied stealing the appliances belonging to Kensington Oval Management Incorporation.

The offence allegedly occurred sometime between July 28 and December 19, 2016.

Prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim objected to Cumberbatch’s bail on the grounds that investigations were ongoing and only ten television set had been recovered.

Pilgrim said the prosecution also feared the accused may interfere with the probe.

However, Cumberbatch’s attorney Sian Lange countered that her client maintained “his innocence at this time and has no previous charges” before the court.

She also argued that the offence was “non-violent” and if granted bail, however stringent, Cumberbatch would comply with the conditions to assure his attendance in court.

Having listened to both sides Magistrate Douglas Frederick told Cumberbatch: “[You are accused of] not one, two, three, four . . . but [theft of] up to 26 televisions . . . still 16 more to be recovered. The nature is such that it gives credibility to the prosecution’s case.

“A fella carry away 26 televisions from one place . . . it gives [puts forward the] argument to an enterprise taking place.”

Agreeing that lawmen needed time to conduct their probe, Frederick remanded Cumberbatch in custody until January 25, 2017 to reappear in the No.2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

12 Responses to Guard held

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince December 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm


  2. Kim Ramsay
    Kim Ramsay December 28, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Makes you ponder on the saying “who guards the guards?”

  3. Katherine Selman Roach
    Katherine Selman Roach December 28, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Please tell me this ain’t true…no man?

  4. John Everatt December 29, 2016 at 12:21 am

    This is a bit confusing. How can the disappearance of all these TV monitors only be realized after over 4 months. So is nobody keeping watch over Kensington’s properties?

  5. Jason
    Jason' UncleBen 'Parris December 29, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Like he did plan to open a sports bar .

  6. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt December 29, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Innocent until proven guilty. But like the magistrate got him guilty already. Bad system

  7. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley December 29, 2016 at 2:04 am

    and I see rapists and murderers accused get bail…smh

  8. Bernard Pinder
    Bernard Pinder December 29, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Well de police reading naked departure to solve cases pathetic.

  9. ADRIAN Hinds December 29, 2016 at 6:22 am

    hey. how much the TVs selling for? Mine just broken down

  10. Guy Smiley December 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

    They dont get it immediately. Once he applies to the high court and satisfies the conditions he will get bail.

    Or he may even get it on his next appearance.
    Murderrs and rapists and gun runners have to apply for bail in the high court.

  11. Ron Walrond December 29, 2016 at 10:03 am

    innocent until proven guilty, still you get remanded to jail,I believe that if the crime is not a capital crime you should have the option to be placed under house arrest in Barbados

  12. Roger Gibbons December 31, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I do believe there is more in the mortal than the pestle


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