Two 16-year-old youths were brought before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court charged with four counts of abduction and other charges in connection with the incident in Glen last Friday.
Dale Hooper pleaded guilty to some of the charges brought against him while his co-accused and fellow Glen resident entered not guilty pleas on all counts.
The youths, were, however, not allowed to plea to some of the charges, as they were laid indictably.
The duo is accused and charged that on Aug. 17, at Villa, they “stole and carried away” without their consent — abducted — Alliyah Bullock, of Welcome, Johanna John, of Queen’s Drive, Shanez Francis, of Harmony Hall, and Jade Adam, of Redemption Sharpes.
Another indictable charge is that on the same date and place, being armed with a gun, they robbed John of one silver iPhone 6+ valued EC$1,200 and EC$390 in cash and at the time of so doing and in order to do so, put John in fear of then and there being subjected to force; robbed Francis of EC$9 in cash; robbed Bullock of one gold Samsung Galaxy S7 valued US$599 and EC$36 in cash; robbed Adams of one brown leather bag, value EC$100 containing three silver house keys, value EC$30, one lip gloss, value EC$5, two sunglasses, value $50, one white rag value $10, one white Apple headphone, value EC$150, one silver iPhone 6S plus – total value EC$2500 — and EC$30 in cash.
The men were charged summarily and were asked to enter pleas on a charge that without lawful excuse, they damaged the rear door and back windshield of motor vehicle P3587, value EC$3,100, the property of John and were reckless as to whether that property would be damaged.
Hooper pleaded guilty while Oliver pleaded not guilty.
The men entered similar pleas on the charge that they drove the said vehicle without the consent of the owner or any other lawful authority,
However, they both pleaded not guilty to a charge that they assaulted Bullock, causing actual bodily harm.
Hooper was charged separately and pleaded guilty, that on the same date, at the Villa Public Road, being the driver of P3557, he drove the vehicle without being the holder of a valid driving permit.
He entered a similar plea to a charge that he drove the said vehicle without there being in force a policy in respect of third-party risk.
The two men pleaded not guilty to a charge that they assaulted John, causing her actual bodily harm.
Prosecutor Police Constable Corlene Samuel did not object to the men’s bail but asked the court to request sufficient surety, order no contact with the virtual complainants, that the accused men surrender travel documents and that the court impose a curfew.
However, Burnett did not grant the request for a curfew, saying, “Most of the matters that come before me, I follow them from the beginning to the end, wherever that end is. I am not imposing any curfew.”
He granted the men bail in the sum of EC$15,000 each, with one surety and granted the prosecution’s other requests.
The magistrate ordered the men to report to the Calliaqua Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The matters were adjourned and transferred to the Serious Offences Court for Sept. 3, 2018.
Reports are that three men abducted the women while they were boarding the vehicle outside a restaurant in Villa last Friday night.