Richard Craigan, a 28-year-old father of five was yesterday remanded to prison by Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, at the Georgetown Magistrates Court, on a charge of stealing one cell phone and $40,000 cash on June 9. The articles belonged to Carene Alexander.
Craigan of Lot 66 Broad Street, Charlestown, was also accused of damaging one car window. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
According to Craigan, he has been framed because the police know that he was previously charged with similar offences.
Craigan told the court that the day on which the crime was committed he was in prison. He said that even though the police knew this, they still kept him in custody since last Wednesday.
The defendant admitted that he was a “trunker” but has fully changed his life.
The virtual complainant, who was present in court, told a different version of events. Alexander told the court that she had parked the vehicle in front of an internet café.
She said that she was coming out of her car, when Craigan drove up beside her but she didn’t take if for anything since it was a business place.
Alexander said that she only spent about three minutes in the internet café and when she came outside she saw Craigan exiting her car.
“I came outside and saw him coming from my car, but still it didn’t click that he had broken into my car.”
The woman said that after she entered her car, she immediately noticed that her handbag was in the back seat, when she knew that she had left it on the front seat.
“I immediately started to look for my purse but I could not find it, then I searched in the car for my cell phone and that too was gone”.
The woman said she began to panic and realised that her triangular window was shattered. Alexander said she drove straight home and summoned her husband, who reported the matter.
Police Prosecutor, Munilall Seetaram objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. The prosecutor told the court that Craigan is not a first time offender.
Seetaram explained that there is the likelihood of the defendant committing similar offences while out on bail, since it is the trend of the defendant who was granted bail for similar offences on previous occasions and always came back to court to answer fresh charges.
He was remanded to prison and is expected to make another court appearance on July 3.
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