Three charged in Brac burglary

Three people appeared in Summary Court yesterday charged in connection with the burglary of a commercial premise in West End, Cayman Brac.

Dwayne Augustus Fredericks, Jason Phelan McCoy and Tex Cordell Foster are charged that they jointly entered as trespassers a building known as the Market Place and stole one safe containing CI$10,670.72, US$2,102.67; cheques totalling CI$1,917.44 and US$200; charge accounts totalling CI$735; and telephone cards with values of $20, $15, $10 or $5.

Fredericks, 27, and McCoy, 23, were remanded in custody.

Foster, 17, was offered bail. Attorney Morris Garcia advised Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale that Foster would remain in Grand Cayman and reside with a relative.

The magistrate placed the defendant under the supervision of a probation officer while on bail and told him to either enrol in school or get a job. ‘There is nothing worse than a 17-year-old who is idle,’ she commented.

Attorney Lloyd Samson applied for bail on behalf of McCoy, advising the court that this defendant had a job open to him and a place to stay in Grand Cayman.

The magistrate noted, among other things, that McCoy had recently appeared in the Cayman Brac court for drug consumption and possession. One would have thought that a man awaiting sentence would avoid being accused of a crime, she said.

Attorney John Furniss applied for bail on behalf of Fredericks. The magistrate denied bail, citing the defendant’s antecedents, the nature and seriousness of the offence and the allegation that he was the mastermind of the burglary.

Both attorneys asked if the magistrate would put her reasons in writing [so that they could take the bail applications to Grand Court.

The matter was set for mention again on Tuesday, 8 February. Mr. Furniss noted that one decision the Crown would have to make is whether the matter will be dealt with in Grand Cayman or on the Brac.