(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- Ibol Tyson of Low Street and Franchette Davis of Prospect Estate both appeared before the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 jointly charged for robbery.
Both men were accused of breaking the establishment of Bernard ‘Chalky’ Liburd of Brown Hill Village with the intent to commit a felony therein namely to steal and did rob Liburd of $6685.00 ECD, the property of Caribbean Gaming and Entertaining Company; and one (1) Blackberry Bold 8990 valued at $1100.00 E.C on Thursday, November 7, 2013.
Attorney Ricaldo Caines represented Tyson in court. He asked the court if bail could be granted to his client. According to Caines, his client was willing to hand over all travel documents and to abide by whatever measures meted out by the court. However, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Stephen Hector objected to his bail. Hector told the court that the accused was currently on bail for a similar matter and the seriousness of the charge should be taken into consideration.
To this, Caines stated that it was unfair and unjust for his client to be denied bail because of a matter that the Prosecution has failed to bring before the court for over two years. Caines was of the view that his client was now being denied bail because of a charge the police has hung over his client’s head.
Her Honor, Magistrate Yasmine Clarke told the court that she agreed with Attorney Caines. She however looked at the matter before her having in the context of the Bail Bill section 4 (3) (a), here she considered the seriousness of the matter and of the charges. As a result Tyson was denied bail.
It was then time for Davis to take the stand. Unrepresented by counsel, Davis told the court that he was accused of something that he knew nothing about. He further stated that he was only being charged because police officers wanted him to say that it was in fact Ibol who robbed the man.
Her Honor looked at Inspector Hector and stated that this was a serious accusation made by Davis. Hector denied the accusations and indicated to the court that he had the written statement of a witness who indentified Davis.
Davis in an attempt to be free told the Magistrate that he has a good job and that he is a hardworking man. He indicated that he has never been before the court for stealing. Her Honor told him there’s nothing she could do but to give him the same ruling as Tyson. She justified her action with the fact that the police had indicated that a witness had identified him. His bail too was denied.