Pay back time for three general workers

Three general workers, who stole a $500 angle grinder and $15,000 worth of copper, have agreed to work free of charge for the affected company for the next five months.

Devere George Junior Small of Silver Hill, Christ Church and Antoine Mitroy Johnson, of Kendal Hill, Christ Church – both 27 years of age – along with 20-year-old Cesar Grzo Quintero, of Apt #5 Corner of Redman Road and Deacons Road, St Michael, were not required to plead to the offence, which were committed against PALGAG Barbados Limited, sometime between October 3 and 5.

Antonie Johnson, Cesar Quintero and Devere Small

A company official, who was in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, informed Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that they were no longer proceeding with the matter, as the accused men would not be able to repay the company its total losses, which he estimated at $50,000.

“In return we have two months to finish the project that we are working on and we would like these guys. . . to come and continue to work . . . [until] the project is completed,” the representative said.

He made it clear the men would not be paid any salaries or wages for the period, but their taxes would be paid.

Attorney Ajamu Boardi, who is representing Small, and Sally Comissiong, who is Quintero’s legal counsel, accepted the conditions, as well as Johnson, who is representing himself in the matter.

Cuffy-Sargeant enforced the conditions and granted the three men $16,000 bail each which they posted with individual sureties.

The trio returns to court on November 1 for an update.

In the meantime, Small, who is also accused of committing several offences under the Road Traffic Act on October 6, has to report to the Oistins Police Station, while Quintero must present himself to the Black Rock Police Station and Johnson to the Hastings Police Station. The reports must be done every Sunday before noon.

4 Responses to Pay back time for three general workers

  1. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I hope the business man or woman in have to pay some person to watch them.

  2. Corï Cartier
    Corï Cartier October 9, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    That’s what I’m talking about. Now they have the opportunity to learn from that mistake or earn some well deserved jail time… Let’s give them a chance and not just shoot it down.

  3. Greengiant October 9, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Think of this, these guys need to be punished. The court should have sent them on a court order. Deductions of any sort can only be made from a salary or wage payment. How is the account for this company going to reflect a tax deduction with no salary?

    These seniors will spend the salary, the court should have taken the responsibility and sent these guys back to the workplace on community service agreement. How can you bail an offender if the virtual complainant says they don’t want to continue with the matter? Who determined or on what basis was it determined that the loss to the company was $ 50,000.00. How could the lawyers agree to this travesty in the 21st century? Where was David when Ms. Muppet sat on her …….. during this hearing? If David is genuine about what he publicly declares then there can’t be no silence in the kingdom tonight.

    I’m not condoning what these youngsters did, but I can’t get my head around the fact that the entire judicial system was asleep on the job today. They all accepted what appears to be the easy way out, but I won’t be surprised if this takes another twist when these guys return to court in November. This situation will be like slavery, and it won’t end nicely.

    Just my prediction.

  4. Belfast October 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Technically this is slavery. Even incarcerated prisoners are paid a stipend.
    If the project was mine, I would not be too happy having these guys around. Sabotage, willfully or by neglect could occur.
    Are the criminals now working some of the courts in Barbados?


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