Four men charged with robbery at the Marigot Credit Union were denied bail when they appeared before a Roseau Magistrate on Tuesday.
They have been identified as Jamie Andrew, Michel Azile, Mitchel Joseph and Princeton George. They are all from Portsmouth.
The incident occurred on Friday March 9.
One of the alleged suspects, Iam Massicot, was shot by the police. He is now a patient at the Princess Margaret hospital.
The men were slapped with three charges of attempted murder. They are also facing charges of robbery, conspiracy, trespassing and possession of firearm without license.
Police prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes told the court that while bail can be applied for in the matter, the nature of the offence was very serious and carries serious sentences and hence there is a fear that the accused will not attended their trial when requested to do so.
“Weapons were used in the commissioning of this crime, lots of money is still missing along with other firearms and the police are continuing their investigations into the matter,” Weekes stated.
Police reports indicate that the cash stolen amounts to $36,851.55 and Weekes told the court that the case was one of “great public interest” and it was a daring “broad daylight robbery.”
However, defense counsel Wayne Norde stated that while they were “not at this time fighting for bail, it must be understood that the offences were bail-able and a time factor for bail needed to be considered.”
“They can’t stay on remand indefinitely, we have proper surety and we hope that the court is not being punitive towards them,” Norde remarked.
He asked the court to consider bail within one week but the magistrate flatly objected stating that it would be in the interest of the men to co-operate with the police as the investigations continue.
“Don’t bring them back next week…..I hope also you have proper sureties and the denial of bail is not punitive. The police needs more time to investigate, this is a serious matter and I am denying them bail at this time,” Magistrate Candia Carette George stated.
The matter is set for June 13, 2012 in Marigot and disclosure set for April 30, 2012.