Men were captured on camera in stolen bus, court hears


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | 10:28 AM    

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ONE of two men implicated in the theft of a motor vehicle on Independence Day was offered $900,000 bail while the other was remanded when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court Friday.

Edward McLeish was offered bail by Magistrate Georgianna Fraser after pleading not guilty to larceny of a motor vehicle.

McLeish’s co-accused Jason Benjamin was, however, denied bail, after the court was informed that he was on bail on a similar matter.

According to police reports, on August 6, the complainant parked his Toyota Hiace minibus near the National Stadium but on his return could not find the vehicle. The vehicle however had a tracking device and when the complainant alerted the security company, he was reportedly told that vehicle was being driven through a toll booth and that two men were captured on camera in the vehicle.

The complainant alerted the police and when the men were held they reportedly told the police that they were paid by the accused men to drive the bus.

But McLeish’s lawyer told the court that his client had no association with the stolen vehicle. McLeish was subsequently offered bail on condition that he report to the Spanish Town Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and surrender his travel documents. Both men are to return to court on September 17.



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