Akim Francis, of Atkinson, has been granted bail in the alleged Jewelers International robbery matter but he remains an inmate at the State Prison until all documents are in order for his release.
Francis now joins the rest of his co-accused, Craig Christian, Elrado Ducreay and Cynthia Dorsette who were allegedly involved in a $1.8-million robbery at Jewelers International, located at the Fort Young Hotel, over a month ago.
The others have been granted bail of EC$250,000 and Magistrate Bernard Pacquette, despite objections from the prosecution, has granted bail to Francis.
The prosecution’s objection to bail was based on the fact that the accused may abscond and the allegedly stolen items are yet to be recovered.
But Francis’ lawyer, Tiyani Behanzin, said that the prosecution had not provided any new information in the case and his client has spent enough time in custody under “inhumane conditions”.
He stated that Francis has been kept in the disgusting location of the security block in the State Prison with no water and is locked up for 18 hours a day.
He urged the court to discard the comments of the prosecution and grant bail to his client.
Magistrate Pacquette granted Francis bail in the sum of $250, 000 with two sureties. He is required, as a condition of his bail, to surrender all his travel documents, to report three times a week to the police station in the Kalinago Territory between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm and to refrain from interfering with any of the prosecution’s witnesses.
Francis will be released after court documents from the two bail sureties are brought to the court and the necessary documents signed.