A Canadian man is expected to reappear at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown on Wednesday in connection with a dishonesty charge, reportedly arising from a bill he incurred at a local hotel.
Allie Providence has been charged that between Sept. 29 and Nov. 4, 2017 at Villa, “with intent to make permanent default on part of an existing liability to make payment of EC$15,494.22, [he] dishonestly induced Crystal Andrews of Villa to wait for payment”.
Providence pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was arraigned last week Monday, Nov. 13, and was denied bail.
The court, however, agreed to an expedited trial since the man lives overseas.
However, when the matter was called on Monday, Nov. 13, defence counsel, Grant Connell told the court that he was not ready to proceed and that bail should be opened to his client.
Connell said that the prosecution had not honoured the court’s order for disclosure, but noted that this is not usually the case.
The lawyer told the court that his client has been “in that bug-infested place for days” — a reference to jail, where he was being held on remand.
Connell said that his client was being denied bail while charged “with taking something from Mariners” Hotel.
Chief Magistrate, Rechanne Browne-Matthias, however, told Connell that she did not have before the court “anything about taking something from Mariners”.
Connell, in further making his case against the prosecution for not honouring the disclosure order, said, “you have to shackle them” — gesturing with his hand in the direction of the prosecution as he spoke.
“Shackle them and shackle him?” the magistrate said, referring to both the prosecution and Providence.
Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that he does not know how the court is going to shackle the prosecution.
He said that the failure to honour the disclosure order was an oversight, adding that the persons responsible for doing so have a 100 per cent record, adding, “And my friend knows that.”
Connell, however, said that the record was not 100 per cent.
Delplesche, continuing the banter, said, “You just said it’s usually done.”
The prosecutor gave the court an undertaking to ensure that the order was honoured by the end of the day.
Providence was again denied bail and the matter was adjourned for hearing on Wednesday.