Magistrate Karen Noel has ruled against a bid by the Prosecution to send Guyanese Journalist, Rawle Nelson to the Richmond Hill prison to be held on remand on fraud-related charges.
Nelson was picked up within the past week by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) in connection with acts of alleged fraud committed against his former employer, Moving Target, the parent company for the Grenada Informer newspaper and MTV.
Defense attorney, Derek Sylvester was able to convince Magistrate Noel to grant bail despite rigorous opposition from Police Prosecutors who labelled the suspect as a possible flight risk.
Bail was set Wednesday morning at $100,000 with two sureties.
Nelson made his first court appearance on Tuesday but Magistrate Noel, sitting in the Number 2 Magistrate’s Court, reserved her decision until the following day to consider the arguments from both sides.
Sylvester argued that Nelson was Claustrophobic and is suffering from chronic Diabetes and the law does not exclude non-nationals from surrendering all travel documents as part of bail conditions.
In addition, the defense lawyer submitted that Nelson is a man of many talents, has a reputation to protect and that he would stay in Grenada to clear his name against the fraud charges.
The Magistrate decided to grant bail under the conditions that the accused report to the Central Police Station on the Carenage every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m, should not leave the jurisdiction without leave of the court and surrender all travel documents including non-Grenadian passports.
Nelson has been slapped with two counts of stealing by reason of employment the sum of EC$15,394.28, uttering a forged document and forgery.
The crime was allegedly committed while the suspect was employed with The Grenada Informer, which hired him in July 2013.
Before coming to Grenada, Nelson had worked in a number of Caribbean islands as a Freelance Journalist but was hired by the Grenada Informer newspaper as a Consultant and Managing Editor.
He recently resigned from the company but just before he did, the accountants with the company allegedly discovered that there were a significant amount of financial matters outstanding and upon investigation it was felt that Nelson could help clear up the outstanding matters.
The CID was called in to investigate the acts of alleged fraud.
Nelson is due to return to court on June 3.