One member of staff at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) has been arrested and charged as members of the Royal Grenada Police Force continue to probe into the recent disappearance of scores of laptop computers at that institution.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, thirty-year-old Joshua Wilson of Mt Craven in St. Patrick an IT Specialist at TAMCC, was arrested and subsequently charged with stealing by reason of employment after some twenty-seven, from a donation of thirty Lenovo laptop computers valued at $65,000.00, destined for use at the institution, disappeared before getting to be used for the purpose which it was intended.
While the dissemination of information from the school remained guarded sources hinted to our news desk that the machines, which were part of a project undertaken by a well-established institution on the island, were subsequently handed over to the IT Department of the institution as a donation to be used by the students. It is also not clear when the computers went missing, however, a source said management is of the belief that the movement of the machines could have started months ago.
Sources told the Informer that the young lecturer who was granted $80.000 bail with 2 sureties was having difficulties securing a bailer up until Tuesday evening and was therefore remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison to await his next court date.
Meanwhile, as the lawmen and management of TAMCC delve into full investigative gear, sources said a decision was taken to suspend the entire IT Department for a period of two weeks to allow for a full assessment of that department by a team from the Ministry of Education. That department, comprising eight technicians, two lab technicians, one administrative clerk and a director is expected to return to work on Tuesday, October 11th. However, we were told that would also depend to some extent on the outcome of the investigation.
Informer also learned that allegations of matters similar to the one now under investigation are nothing new to TAMCC or the IT Department, however, we were told many are kept on the low in the name of protecting the image of the institution