Kervin Christopher appeared before Magistrate Evalina Baptiste on Monday to answer to one charge of money laundering and was granted bail in the sum of $57,000.
Christopher, a resident of Kingshill, had been previously charged along with Kevin Laville, Bernard Benjamin, Renaldo Joseph and Jeremiah Challenger on multiple counts related to possession of controlled substances.
Challenger and Christopher received bail in the sum of $200,000 each, after pleading not guilty to those charges, but were rearrested shortly after exiting court and charged with money laundering. Challenger had been previously bailed, facing the money laundering charge.
The police prosecution alleges that between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 the defendant had been in possession of a Toyota Rav4, registration number PS496 and knew that it had been procured by illegal means.
The defendant’s father stood surety for him again, after having done so in the previous bail agreement. Magistrate Baptiste was wary of the fact that the defendant are facing other charges and that while the father may be willing to put up the bail sum, he may not be able to meet the new bail commitments.
She said, “We have seen many times where people come into court willing to post the bail sum and when it’s time for them to pay the bail sum, they come here crying about they never knew.”
She set the sum at $57,000 and on recommendation from the prosecution, set special conditions to that bail. The defendant is to report to the Roseau Police Station on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week, not interfere with any witnesses in this matter, not to engage in any further negative activities, inform the police of any change of address and surrender his passport and any other travel documents.
Preliminary inquiry into this matter will begin on 23 February, 2012 and the date for disclosure is 6 January, 2012.