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Men who robbed ganja peddler remanded in custody @one876

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Two men, Robert Wright and Patrick Lindsay, were denied bail when they  appeared on a charge of simple larceny before Resident Magistrate Simone Maddix on March 3, 2015.

Allegations are that Wright, 42 years old, had identified himself as a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force when, along with Lindsay, went to the home of Wayne Colburn on February 13, 2015 around 1 p.m at Mount Industry where they both identified themselves as police officers and asked the complainant if he had any counterfeit money or ganja in his possession.

 The complainant who had about 6 ounces of ganja was told by the men that they would arrest him and requested money.

It was further alleged that $10,000 was given to them but upon realizing that Colburn had more cash and was attempting to place it in a cupboard, drew a gun at him. It was at this time he jumped through a window injuring  himself and ran away. When he later returned, he realized that the $13,000 was also missing and the police was called.

Both accused were later held in a motorcar by Constable McKenzie much to the resistance of an irate mob. It was also outlined that there was a series of robberies taking place in the area and the vehicle in which both accused were travelling in was seen on most of the occasions that the robberies took place.

Attorney at law Courtney Maxwell, representing Wright, made his bail application and outlined that it was taking too long for the files to be completed. The list of outstanding documents included the arresting officer statement, identification parade statement and also a statement from the JCF to state whether Wright is indeed an officer in the constabulary.

"In the circumstances, I cannot grant any bail based on these serious allegations and both men, whether separate or together, pose a high risk in interfering with the case. Therefore bail is denied!" a stern-looking RM Maddix outlined.

The case will be mentioned again on March 11, 2015.

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