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No bail for robbery accused

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

No bail for robbery accused

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Despite stirring arguments from his lawyer Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim for bail, a 21-year-old man will have to spend a month on remand at HMP Dodds.

Shalom Shem Batson, of no fixed place of abode, appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court No. 1 yesterday charged with robbing Janelle Skeete of a $198 bag, a $59.40 purse, a driver’s licence worth $125, a $1 500 cell phone, a $30 cell phone case and $1 200 last Friday. He was also accused of robbing Regis Burton of a $158.40 wallet, US$250 and BDS$5 on the same day.

Batson, who was represented by Pilgrim and Rashida Edwards, was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

Prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Pinder objected to bail. Among other factors, he said investigations were at a delicate stage; police were seeking two others in connection with the same matter; the accused was not reporting to Hastings Police Station; and he had other matters in Court No. 2. In addition, Pinder said he feared that should the accused be granted bail, he would interfere with investigations.

Batson’s mother Lana Batson appeared and told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that her son was currently living at a friend’s house in Edey Village, Christ Church, and had been reporting to Boarded Hall Police Station. She said she was unaware of any curfew.

However, the magistrate, after hearing all arguments which lasted over an hour, said Batson was to appear in the No. 2 Court on June 5, which would give prosecution enough time to find the others and a firearm that was used during the alleged robbery.

The matter was adjourned until June 5 when Batson and the person with whom he lived are expected to appear. (RA)