$30 000 bail
Two lawmen whose alleged crimes were described by a court prosecutor as an embarrassment to the Royal Barbados Police Force slipped out the back exit of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday on $30 000 bail each, after appearing on charges of indecently assaulting three female tourists and burglary.
It was shortly after 4 p.m., when all the matters for the day had already been heard and only court staff remained, that Anthony Ricardo Straker, 27, and Donavan Nekenge Price, 33, were led into the dock of the court.
For the first few minutes, only the sound of shuffling papers could be heard as Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant perused the charge sheets while the others sitting in court, including Straker’s mother and Price’s sister, sat quietly.
When the charges were eventually read, neither was allowed to plead as the matters are being treated as indictable. On his own, Price, of Christ Church, is accused of indecently assaulting two of the women on December 7 while he is jointly charged with Straker, a resident of St George, with indecently assaulting the third visitor. They are also jointly charged with stealing a television from Raja Apartments, where the alleged assault took place.