Elderly man accused of seven counts of criminal deception

A 72-year-old man, who was said to have a propensity for committing crimes of dishonesty, has been remanded to HMP Dodds.

Shurland Delacey Boyce of 4th Avenue Belleville, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Thursday charged with seven counts of criminal deception.

The labourer is accused of dishonestly obtaining $632.50 and $652.60 on December 16, as well as $556.50, $552.50, $472.50 on December 17 from Pot of Gold Arcade by falsifying gaming vouchers and presenting them to Paul’s Enterprises Limited for payment.

Shurland Delacey Boyce

Boyce is also charged with criminal deception in relation to three Paul’s Enterprises gaming vouchers, as well as a Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited cheque.

He pleaded not guilty of all seven charges.

However, police prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim argued against Boyce’s release, while pointing to the nature and seriousness of the offences.

“The accused is well known [to the court] and is the mastermind in this matter where another accused was previously charged before you,” Pilgrim pointed out to Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

The prosecutor also warned that Boyce was likely to continue with his “acts of deception” if released, suggesting that his incarceration would be for the protection of society as well as himself.

But arguing for his freedom, Boyce told the magistrate that the alleged cheques and vouchers were never in his possession.

He also suggested that his previous criminal conviction was being used against him “left, right and centre”, regardless of what he did.

“I remember Sir reading about a man . . . who was chief Justice of England. He said ‘the animal in this world who suffers more injustice and less justice is the animal we know as a criminal, and my case Sir is a typical example, I have to spend months in prison for less than $3,000,” Boyce said.

He also told the magistrate that even though he had not patronized the arcade more than once, he was aware that the machines frequently malfunctioned.

“They fix it today, it malfunctions tomorrow,” he told the court.

After hearing his arguments, the magistrate remanded Boyce to prison until January 26, 2017

12 Responses to Elderly man accused of seven counts of criminal deception

  1. Hal Austin December 30, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Why is this man remanded in custody? Another abuse of the prison system.

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  2. Lennox hewitt December 30, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Cause he is a thief and fraud that’s why he want putting a way why people all ways picking up for these thieves ?

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  3. Aneta December 30, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Totally agree Hal. And people who committed serious crimes still walking about. Our laws sucks. Are we really in the 21st century? Well I live here long enough so I should not be surprised at anything. Stupse and stupse. Snh. The whole judicial system needs to be completely overhauled

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  4. Hal Austin December 30, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Aneta,
    The problem is that most Barbadians do not think they will be caught up in the system – until it happens.
    For a nation that professes to be Christian we lack empathy and compassion.

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  5. Donild Trimp December 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Rational thought, logic and common sense is missing during the decision making process in these matters.

    What is the purpose of sending a 72 year old with a disability to prison? Certain actions by an individual can lead one to surmise that all is not right with that individual’s cognitive abilities.

    Are there no treatment centers in B’dos to help this type of individual?

    Prison is not the answer in these cases.

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  6. Pearlygates December 30, 2016 at 9:57 am

    He is well-known to the court for numerous offenses spanning a thirty year period. Thanks to his rather questionable activities, he has found himself alone and largely without assistance from society. Perhaps spending time in a facility where he will be adequately fed and receive any necessary medical attention, might be best for him, rather than to be going it alone at this time.
    I do feel sorry for him…even though I was once an unsuspecting victim of his ploys!

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  7. bajanrod314 December 30, 2016 at 11:55 am

    If you good people know nothing of Shurland Boyce’s lonnnggg history of fraudulent criminal activity…..just shut up. He is right where he should be.

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  8. hcalndre December 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Don`t forget where barbados came from. Young black kids were sent to Dodds “prison” for taking a piece of sugar cane from Massa`s plantation back then so nothing has really change.

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  9. John December 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    The accused is well known to the court….what do you understand that to mean?

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  10. Jennifer December 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    @hcaindre – Well said. HE will show no regard for the old, nor shew favor to the young. They even had a mussel on the mouth of the slave out in the hot sun to prevent them sucking the sugar cane. What is happening is that we have forgotten or not tying things together. Its the same yesterday as today.
    @Hal – Sorry but this is the basis of what Christianity is all about- no compassion or empathy. This is why we are the same way toward each other.
    @Aneta – There needs to be a lot of overhauling – justice, spiritual, and education too.

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  11. Hal Austin December 31, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Bajanrod

    He has pleaded not guilty. Has he been remanded for issues already dealt with?

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  12. North Point January 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Hal Austin you must first know the history of this man that you are talking about. He would thief Jesus if he get that opportunity. Shurland Delacey Boyce has been thieving all his life, and that is why at 72 he cant stop, he likes to defraud business places, and people, he will die in prison, so don’t look at his age, check his criminal records Hal Austin.

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