Cotton Ground trio remanded to prison for alleged burglary

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- The three young men who were arrested for allegedly breaking into the dwelling house of St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force Reservist, Glendon Fordyce and burglarizing his home on Monday, October 6, 2014 have been remanded to prison.

It is alleged that Fordyce was robbed of a quantity of gold jewelry and cash.

The trio, Omar Walters, Germaine Wilkinson and Shariff Williams all of Cotton Ground appeared at the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court before Her Honor, Magistrate Yasmine Clarke on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Walters and Williams were represented by Attorney Mikia Mills who presented a bail application. The Magistrate listened as Mills explained to the court reasons why her clients should be granted bail. According to the Attorney, her clients are hardworking, ambitious young men who are gainfully employed. She stated that prior to these arrests, Walters had only fallen foul of the law in 2007 when he was convicted for gambling, and Williams in 2014 for throwing missiles in Cotton Ground. She further stated that her clients are not known to be in any gangs and as a result she respectfully asked that bail be granted.

Attorney Chesley Hamilton represented 22 year old Wilkinson in the matter. As Hamilton spoke as to why his client should be granted bail, Her Honor interrupted him and told him to ask his client how many times she had to send him to prison.

It was soon revealed that his client has a long list of convictions. However, Hamilton explained that if bail was not granted, the accused would be remanded for a significant period of time since the next High Court Criminal Assizes would not be until April 2015.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Stephen Hector objected to bail for all three persons. The Inspector was of the view that if bail was to be granted he believed that one or more of the applicants would interfere with the witness in the matter. Hector told the court that granting bail would have a negative impact.

Attorney Mills rebutted against the Prosecutor objection. She asked the court to consider the liberty of her clients. She stated that both men were only minimally known by the court and that the any bail conditions set by the court would negate what the Prosecution feared that the applicants would do.

At the end of it all, Her Honor ruled in favor of the Prosecution. She was of the view that the applicants were likely to interfere with the witness and as a result bail was denied. She advised the youngsters to apply for bail at the High Court.

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