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Nigel Cian Akeem Laidlow
The accused, Akeem Laidlow, left, and Nigel Cain, outside the court on Monday. (iWN photo)

The Serious Offences Court, on Monday, denied bail to a Rockies man who is charged with one count of armed robbery but granted EC$6,000 bail to another, with whom he was jointly charged with theft.

Nigel Cain is charged that on Nov. 17, 2017 at Sion Hill, being armed with a gun, he robbed Latisha Williams of Rockies of one black Sony Xperia C5 cellular phone, valued EC$1,016, one orange and black ladies’ handbag — valued EC$80, one body spray — valued EC$25, one black lady’s purse — valued EC$20, one Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines ATM card — value EC$2, and EC$23.50 in cash –total value $1,184.50, the property of Williams, and at the time of so doing so and in order to do so, put Williams in fear of them and there be subjected to force.

Cain was also charged, along with Akeem Laidlow of Rockies, that on Nov. 2, 2017, they stole one white Samsung Galaxy Express 3 cellular phone — value EC$450, one black wallet — value EC$10 containing one St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Identification Card — value unknown, one St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Insurance Services card — value unknown and a quantity of documents, the property of Andrea Kydd of Murrays Village, and at the time of doing so and in order to do so, used force on Kydd.

The men were not required to plead to the indictable charges when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias.

Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche asked the court that as part of his bail conditions, Laidlow provide sufficiency of surety, surrender of all travel documents, be placed under a curfew, have reporting conditions of at least twice per week, that stop orders be issued preventing him from leaving the state, and that he has no contact with the virtual complainant.

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The senior prosecutor, however, objected to Cain’s bail, telling the court that this is the second robbery charge that is pending against the accused man.

Delplesche told the court that Cain appears to have a propensity toward robberies and told the court that given that it is now the cruise season, the accused man “may very well pounce on the opportunity to practice this propensity”.

Cain was denied bail and Laidlow was granted EC$6,000 bail with one surety.

He was placed under a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and ordered to report to the Central Police Station on Mondays and Thursdays, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Laidlow was also ordered not to have any contact with the virtual complainant.

The matters were adjourned to Feb. 2, 2018 for a preliminary inquiry.

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