Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Questions raised as non-national granted bail, while mechanic remanded

Captured man Leross Leandre Burnett.

Captured man Leross Leandre Burnett.

He allegedly escaped the custody of police twice and became the subject of a wanted bulletin before allegedly using social media as a platform to plead his case.

But yesterday, LeRoss Leandre Burnett's journey led him down a different route - before the District "A" Magistrates' Court to answer 27 charges and then toward the HMP Dodds. 

Burnett, 29, of Longford Place, Waterford, St Michael was remanded after appearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick on charges of fraud, theft, assault, resisting arrest and escaping police custody.

The offences occurred between September 2017 and April of this year and span three jurisdictions - District "A", "B" and "E".

In relation to the fraud charges, Burnett is accused of using fake Royal Bank of Canada cheques to defraud business places like Prosales, Courtesy Garage Limited, Linda's Disco, Branker's Enterprises, Cell Tronics Limited, Cost U Less and Parts Plus Incorporated.

He is also accused of escaping police custody twice in April of this year.

The prosecutor on Monday said Burnett was "not amicable to justice" and explained that in the last escape, two police officers were injured and were still on sick leave.

Calling the accused an obvious flight risk, he said Burnett had cases pending at Holetown court for burglary and was known to the court.

The Crown representative further stated that he feared Burnett would re-offend and asked that bail not be granted.

Shadia Simpson, lawyer for the accused said: "I will not take it so far [to say]  he is a good candidate for bail...but the court can exercise its discretion".

She gave the court some of Burnett's history, including the fact that he was a father of two and had been an auto mechanic for eight years.

In addition, she told the court that there were other accused involved in the matter, one of who was a non-national. The non-national, she said, was granted bail.

Burnett will appear at the  District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court on May 3; District ‘E’ Magistrates' Court on May 8; and the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on May 28.


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