Bail denied for bank robbers

The trio – Alister Stanisclaus, Andy John and Kemagon Richards – accused in being involved in bank fraud

The taste of freedom for poultry farmer, Alister Stanisclaus and his close associate, Andy John has been short lived.

Stanisclaus and John who were released from prison in June after they were placed on remand at Her Majesty’s Prisons at Richmond Hill, St. George’s by Magistrate Karen Noel in July last year on charges of possession of arms and ammunition, and for a number of robberies are back in jail on remand.

Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill, last week Thursday remanded both men who are from Mt. Parnassus, St. George’s, along with Stanisclaus brother Kemagon Richards at the Richmond Hill Prisons.

All three men are charged with bank fraud and stealing. Bank fraud carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, while stealing carries a maximum of 15 years. Escaping and aiding a criminal carries a maximum of five and four years respectively.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Christopher Nelson who objected to a bail application made by defense lawyers Anselm Clouden and Cajeton Hood is very concerned that the greater proceeds from the men’s actions have not been recovered.

He said only US $4,800 have been recovered, and feared that there is still a risk to the banking industry.

DPP Nelson described the current case against the accused men as a major investigation of grave complexity.

He noted that the instruments used to effect the proceeds of the crime are yet to be recovered. The court learnt that these include a number of fraudulent ATM cards.

The DPP reminded the court that at the time of the alleged misdemeanour, both Stanisclaus and John were on bail and have a number of cases pending at the High Court that include robbery with violence and possession of ammunition.

Clouden who is representing both Stanisclaus and Richards who resides at D’Arbeau made a special appeal for the latter to be placed on bail.

He told the court that Richards who is a 29-year old salesman at Steele’s Auto is a family man.

The seasoned attorney informed the court that Richards’ wife is due to have a baby in a matter of weeks, and with his absence from home that can impact negatively on the wife.

He said there is no reason why a young man who is facing a mere allegation and constitutionally has the presumption of innocence should be denied bail.

The city barrister spoke about the $65.00 a day it cost the State to upkeep an inmate at the prisons in making a plea for bail.

He questioned whether it is financially rewarding for the State to have to support such inmates.

Attorney Hood said his client, John has done nothing illegal since he was released from prison on bail and described the charges laid on him as unfounded, and unsubstantiated.

The defense attorney told the court his client’s dwelling house and its environs have been searched umpteen times by the police, and nothing linking him to the crime has been found.

He believes John is charged because of the “John/Stanisclaus marriage” that has been put together for public consumption.

Hood said that John merely works with Stanisclaus and they have been friends for a while.

A high level source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that clear images were lifted from a camera at the Grenville Branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia identifying Stanisclaus as the person tapping into the Automated Banking Machine.




The accused men are due back in court on December 7.

During the hearing, Magistrate Gill read out all of the charges laid against the three accused men.

*Stanisclaus is charged between July 1 and October 31 at diverse places in the Parish of St. George for executing a scheme to defraud the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus and Richards charged between August 24 and August 27 at RBTT in St. George’s stole cash amounting to $9,285.67, property of Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus and Richards charged between August 31 and September 1 at FirstCaribbean International Bank in St. George’s for the offense of stealing cash amounting to $32,533.58, property of Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus and John charged between October 21 and October 22 at diverse places in the Parish of St. George executing a scheme to defraud the Bank of Nova Scotia of cash amounting to $2,500.00

*Stanisclaus and John charged on October 19 at Bank of Nova Scotia on Victoria Street, Grenville, St. Andrew’s stole cash amounting to $12, 140.00 property of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

*Stanisclaus and John charged on October 20 at Bank of Nova Scotia on Victoria Street, Grenville, St. Andrew’s stole cash amounting to $32,030.00 property of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

*Stanisclaus and John charged on October 21 at the Bank of Nova Scotia on Victoria Street, Grenville, St. Andrew’s stole cash amounting to $34,800.00 property of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

*Stanisclaus and John charged on October 22 at the Bank of Nova Scotia on Halifax Street, St. George’s steal cash amounting to $41,500.00 property of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

*Stanisclaus charged on October 25 at South St. George Police Station being in lawful custody endeavoured to resist the execution of the law by escaping.

*Stanisclaus and Richards charged between October 26 and October 27 at RBTT at Halifax Street, St. George’s stole cash amounting to $315.74 property of Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus and Richards charged between October 26 and October 27 for the offence of stealing cash amounting to $13,340.00, the property of Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus charged between October 26 and October 27 at Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited on Melville Street, St. George’s stole cash amounting to $15,340.38 property of Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus and John charged October 21 at Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited on Church Street, St. George’s stole cash amounting to $3,500.00 property of Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Stanisclaus and Richards charged between August 31 and September 1 at FirstCaribbean International Bank at Grand Anse, St. George’s stole cash amounting to $4.506.75 property of the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited.

*Richards charged between October 25 and November 2 at a place unknown within the Southern Magisterial District knowing or having reasons to believe that Stanisclaus had committed a crime aided him for the purpose of enabling him to avoid lawful arrest

*Stanisclaus and John charged for the offence of bank fraud, by knowingly executing a scheme to defraud the Bank of Nova Scotia between September 22 and October 22.

 

 

 

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