Sunday 23 February, 2020

Fishermen granted bail on drug trafficking charge

Two fishermen, accused of trafficking $1.18 million dollars in cannabis, were granted bail after spending a month on remand. 

They are Curtis Wendell Bascombe of Wotton Terrace, 46, of Christ Church and Desmond ‘Brave Boy’ Raphael, 48, of Coles Close Merricks St Philip.

The two- along with general worker Leibert McDonald Brathwaite, 58, of Hunte's Street, Baxters Road, St Michael- were initially remanded, after they appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District 'C' Magistrates' Court, on Thursday, November 29, 2018. 

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All are jointly charged with possessing, trafficking, supplying and importing 650 pounds of cannabis on November 25, 2018.   

The prosecution objected to bail on a number of grounds including antecedents and fear that they may abscond. 

However, Raphael and Bascombe were granted $150, 000 and $200 000 bail respectively. Bail was granted in the No.2 Supreme Court on Monday and the two are expected to appear in the St Matthias Court on January 9, 2019. 

QC Michael Lashley and lawyer Dayna Taylor represented Braveboy and Bascombe.

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