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Former police officer on bail


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Former police officer on bail

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A former police officer charged with fraud was allowed to continue on bail when he made an appearance in the District “E” Holetown Magistrates’ Court today.

Kevin Bentham, 48, a farmer, of No. 34 Alamander Close, Gall Hill Terrace, St John, was not required to plead to two indictable charges.

He is accused that between June 24 and July 26, with intent to make permanent default in whole or in part on an existing liability to make a payment, he dishonestly induced Edward Gibson, his creditor, to wait for the payment of $23 969.55 by deception, namely, by falsely representing that he, Bentham, would then pay the said amount for the supply of chickens, but failed to do so when called upon.

He was also charged that between July 18 and August 13, with intent to make permanent default in whole or in part on an existing liability to make a payment, he dishonestly induced Jerry Skeete, his creditor, to wait for payment of $12 672.50 by deception, namely, by falsely representing that he, Bentham, would then pay the said amount for the supply of chickens but failed to do so when called upon.

Bentham appeared before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes, in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, which is sitting in the Supreme Court Complex, last Saturday, where he was granted $20 000 bail with two sureties. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and report to the District “C” Police Station every Tuesday and Saturday before midday.

When he reappeared in the District “E” Holetown Magistrates’ Court today, the matter was adjourned until November 18. His bail remained the same. (RA)