Two men charged in connection with what the lawmen dubbed a violent robbery in the Belmont area in St George’s on Saturday, February 1st have been denied bail.
The two, Andy Patterson from Belmont and Leon Jeffery from Grand Anse appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis at the Number One Magistrate Court in St. George’s on Thursday, where attempts to secure bail were turned down by the magistrate, giving in to a request from the prosecution for added time to complete their investigations.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, both men were accused of inflicting a wound to a Belmont resident on Saturday, February 1st and making off with cash in excess of two thousand dollars.
Sources told the Informer, the victim Cephas Felix a businessman, was at the time in his business place (a small bar) in Belmont when he came under a violent attack from two individuals armed with weapons. The individuals it was reported, threatened Felix and demanded money, not waiting for a response source said, the men held on to a bag Felix had in his possession and a scuffle ensued. It was during the scuffle we were told, that Felix suffered some injuries to his hands and was forced to surrender his possession to his attackers.
According to a well-placed source, the men got away with cash amounting to $2,517.50. Felix, on the other hand, was warded for two days at the General Hospital.
During their brief stint in court last Thursday, Jeffery one of the accused, though not required to plead given that the charge against them is indictable, told that the court he is accepting full responsibility for his action, and was, therefore, ready to plead guilty.
His confession, which was also accompanied by a request for bail, was shelved until the next hearing date for the matter, scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th. The second accused, Patterson, denied any involvement in the matter, however like his friend, he too would have to wait until Tuesday when the matter returns to court.
The prosecution team also objected strongly to having the men out on bail as requested. Among the reasons cited was that both men had tainted records, and if placed on bail there is a strong likelihood of them reoffending.
Patterson, it was said has twenty-one previous convictions, among them a number of housebreaking and stealing including robbery with violence.
Jeffery, on the other hand, has three previous convictions, all of which involve stealing. It was said that he was only released from prison in December of 2019 where he served time for what appeared to be his trademark offences.
After listening to both sides, Magistrate St Louis gave the assurance that he would take another look at the possibility of bail at the next sitting. Both men were therefore remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison