A thirty-seven man originally from the parish of St David but resided on Grand Etang Road in St George’s who was charged in connection with attempted sealing and damages to the Grenada Cooperative Bank’s ATM last Tuesday has been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison.
Christopher Blake was remanded to prison on Friday by Acting Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis during a special sitting of the St. George Magistrate Court, where Blake appeared for the first time on two indictable charges, namely attempt to commit an act to wit, stealing, and damage to property.
During his brief appearance before the court, Blake, with no legal representation was not required to plead as the charges were read out to him by the magistrate, given they are indictable and must therefore undergo the usual protocol of a preliminary hearing.
Blake was arrested last Wednesday hours after bank officials discovered that the machine was tampered with. Sources said the police acted on information provided to them from footage taken by the bank’s surveillance camera.
Blake told the court on Friday he had had a little too much to drink that evening but agreed to pay for whatever damages were caused to the machine if he is given a second chance. However, with no fixed place of abode Magistrate St Louis held, having Blake place on bail could mean exposing other business entities to similar treatment. He was therefore remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. Blake is expected to make his second court appearance on May 29th.
The ATM we were told, was damaged beyond repair, the estimated cost presented to the court on Friday was just over US$54,000.00 or EC$ 155,459, 015.