Republic Bank robbery accused in court
By CECILY ASSON Thursday, February 7 2013
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ACCUSED: The three bank robbery accused. They are from left Anderson Nash, left, in white shirt; Akiel Farrell, (black jersey), and Keil Paul (white ...
A 19-year-old youth and his two accomplices were yesterday denied bail when they appeared before Magistrate Indrani Cedeno in the Point Fortin Magistrates’ Court to answer charges of robbing Republic Bank, Point Fortin, of a total of $100,117.
Kiel Paul, 19, of Three Hands, La Brea; Akeel Farrell, 23, of Salazar Trace, Point Fortin; and Anderson Nash, 23, of Hollywood, Point Fortin, all have matters pending before the courts and were not called upon to plead.
In denying bail to the three, Cedeno explained to them that the court has a discretion to refuse bail, once they had matters pending.
“On that grounds bail is denied,” she said. They were however advised to apply to a judge in chambers.
Court Prosecutor Ag Insp Angus Harry yesterday produced as exhibits, items which were recovered during investigations into the robbery. The exhibits were $17,725 TT cash placed in separate bundles of $1,385, $2,635, $13,705, US$20, a plastic bag containing burnt currency, a black, blue and white coloured “Orlando Magic” baseball cap, a brown gold and white “Los Angeles Lakers” jacket and a multi coloured flowered pink and black knapsack. .
Harry told the court that $1,385 bank notes were stained in red. The cash and burnt currency was sent to the Forensic Science Centre for testing.
Also charged yesterday was Kevon Bethel, 27, of Sobo Village, La Brea.
He was charged with being in possession of a .38 revolver, and not being the holder of a firearm user’s licence. The charge was laid indictably and he was not called upon to plead.
Harry told the court Bethel had no previous conviction. Cedeno granted Bethel bail with a surety in the sum of $150,000, and he was told that he must report to the La Brea Police Station every Friday.
Paul, Farrell and Nash will reappear in court on February 15 while Bethel will reappear on February 18.
Sgt Taitt of the Point Fortin CID laid all the charges.