St Thomas cop in court on car theft charges
A St Thomas police constable, who is accused of stealing a motor car that was allegedly found burning in a canefield, was offered $300,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Twenty-six-year-old Ramone Walker, who is assigned to the Golden Grove Police Station, was arrested and charged with larceny of a motor car following a ruling from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The motor car, a green Nissan Sedan, was stolen from the complainant's home in Vineyard Town on June 20 and was later found on August 8 in Manchioneal in Portland.
The police alleged that on the day the car was found, a senior officer had instructed Walker to safeguard the vehicle because it was under investigation.
However, the car later that day was allegedly found burning in a canefield on Winston Jones Highway in Manchester.
An alleged witness in the matter claimed that Walker had given him the car to effect repairs and had instructed him to tow the vehicle to the canefield.
It is also alleged that Walker told the police that he bought the car from the complainant and decided to destroy it because something was wrong with it.
However, on Friday when Walker appeared in court, his attorney Christopher Townsend told the court that his client was not guilty.
He was then offered bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey on condition that he surrender all his travel documents with a stop order in place at all ports.
Walker is to return to court on October 6.