Accused motorcycle robbers refused bail
Two alleged motorcycle robbers were refused bail after appearing before Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Marlon Bobb, 21, of East Ruimveldt and Derrick Norton, 27, of Smyth and D’Urban Streets, were slapped with separate charges of aggravated robbery and larceny from the person.
The allegations are that on July 30, in Georgetown, the men robbed Brenton Charles of one gold chain valued $65,000. The day before that, the men were alleged to have also robbed Carlene Skellikie of one gold band costing $60,000. This reportedly took place at Robb and King Streets.
Attorney-at-law George Thomas, representing Bobb, in his bail application, said that his client is a bond clerk with no previous or pending matters before the court. The lawyer also argued that there was no identification parade conducted that would connect his client to the matter.
An unrepresented Norton claimed that he is a vendor with a small son and a wife to take care of. He claimed he was locked up for five days after he was arrested by the police.
Prosecutor Simone Payne, however, had a different story to tell.
In objecting to bail, she said in relation to the stolen chain in the aggravated robbery matter, the gold jewellery was recovered by the police and is lodged at the Alberttown Police Station.
Police ranks at the time were on patrol and had seen a commotion and rode to where persons had congregated. The police were able to make contact with Charles, the victim, who said he was robbed by two men on a motorcycle. As a result of the information, the police proceeded to ride after a motorcycle they had seen on arriving at the scene.
Prosecutor Payne claimed that Bobb was the pillion rider who had removed the man’s chain. She said the patrol ranks were informed that the cyclists had dropped the chain on the roadway and rode off after noticing that they were being chased.
They were caught and brought back to the victim who allegedly identified them as the robbers.
The court, however, put the men on bail on one of the matters. Bobb and Norton both received $120,000 bail in Skellikie’s matter. In Charles’s matter of the aggravated robbery, the two accused were not permitted bail and were remanded until September 17.