The High Court in Roseau today ordered the magistrate’s court to grant bail to Earl ‘Seko’ Grant who has been charged with conspiracy in connection with a fire at the home of former magistrate, GON Emanuel in December 2010.
The ordered was issued by Justice Bernie Stephenson earlier today and Magistrate Bernard Pacquette, in compliance, just moments ago, granted bail in the sum of $20,000 with Grant’s mother and sister serving as sureties.
As conditions of bail he expected to report to the St. Joseph police station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.
Grant and Denny Shillingford, who has been charged with arson in the same matter, were both denied bail by Chief Magistrate, Evelina Baptiste on Thursday.
At the hearing, the prosecution led by police inspectors Claude Weekes and Michael Laudat told the court that the men were “flight risks” and they feared that they would interfere with witnesses and also that the investigation was still ongoing.
Baptiste held that the prosecution had failed to show the court any evidence of the men interfering with witnesses but she agreed to bail on the issue of absconding because, according to her, while the prosecution had not brought forth much evidence, she was concerned about a statement of the DPP which requested Grant to come to Dominica or the state would seek extradition. She said it’s clear that he did not return on his own free will since he was a US citizen and feared losing his citizenship.
Bruney gave the court notice on Thursday that as soon as his client, Denny Shillingford, who is presently serving a prison sentence is released he will be filing documents in the high court to get his bail.