Man charged with robbing tourist in Kingstown
A Rose Place man was denied bail on Monday when he appeared at the Serious Offence Court in Kingstown, charged with robbing a tourist in the city last week.
Jervany Baptiste was charged that last Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Bentick Square, Kingstown, he robbed an unknown man of an unknown address of one gold bangle.
He was also charged that on the same date and place, he resisted the arrest of Sergeant Keith Mc Burnette.
A third charge was that Baptiste assaulted the said police officer.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias.
Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche objected to bail, saying that detectives are conducting further investigations into the matter.
Delplesche noted the formulation of the robbery charge and told the court that the virtual complainant was a visitor to St. Vincent and investigations are being carried out in relation to the virtual complainant.
The prosecutor further noted that it is the cruise season and said that the accused has a propensity for committing similar crimes.
He, therefore, asked the court to remand Baptiste into custody, even as he noted that bail couldn’t be denied indefinitely.
Delplesche, therefore, urged the investigators to expedite their investigation “more conscientiously” so as to have the matter ventilated soonest.
The chief magistrate said she was not considering bail at that time and remanded the accused man in custody until next Monday, Nov. 20, for bail review.
The charges against Baptiste stem from an incident in Kingstown where a group of tourists were assaulted and robbed of a piece of jewellery.
iWitness News understands that a plainclothes/off-duty police officer saw the crime in progress and intervened.
The assailant is said to have escaped while trading blows with the police officer.
iWitness News further understands that the virtual complainant, said to be a passenger on the cruise ship Britannia, which was making its first call to St. Vincent this season, left the country without filing a report with police.