Three young men from the village of Mt. Camel in St. Andrew jointly charged indictable with attempting to rob a university student close to the Mt. Carmel Falls over the weekend, appeared before the Grenville Magistrate’s Court last Monday.
The youngest of the three, 18 year old Akim Daniel, represented by attorney at law Andrew Thomas was granted bail in the sum of five thousand dollars with two sureties.
He is to report to the Grenville Police Station every Monday, and should not be seen in the vicinity of the Mt. Carmel Falls.
The other two defendants Paul Alexander and Richie Modeste are represented by attorney at law Peter David who was not present in court during their appearance, but was understood to be out of state. The charges were read to all three accused but they were not allowed to plead.
The prosecutor objected to bail being granted to any of the accused on the grounds of public interest, the seriousness of the offense and the fact that there is a strong case against the accused men.
It is alleged that the complainant, a student at the St. George’s University who should have been doing exams last Monday was also present at the court to hear the matter. He had to fight to keep his property, a bag, while the accused men tried to take it from him, the prosecutor told the court.
Daniel is to return to the juvenile court on February 17th, while the other two accused men were remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison until February 26th, when they would be making another court appearance. One of the accused men told the court that he is representing himself and he knows nothing about the allegations. He claims he was by the river but he never tried to rob anyone. He called on the magistrate claiming that if three of them were involved they should all be given same treatment.