Robbery charges aired

Four persons appeared in Summary Court last week in connection with two robberies.

Some details of the Crown’s case were aired when bail applications were made.

Three of the defendants were before the court on 16 March, charged with the robbery at a West Bay Road hotel in the early hours of 24 February.

They were Allan Junior Hurlston, 37; Latecia Tonna Jarrett, 26; Roger Conrad Parchment, 37.

The Crown alleged that Hurlston and Jarrett entered the hotel while Parchment drove them there and later carried them to another location.

Inside the hotel, one defendant allegedly had a knife when confronting an employee. The other defendant was said to have sprayed a security officer with a fire extinguisher to keep him from going to the front desk. A drawer was forced and cash stolen.

At the time of this first court appearance, Jarrett was on police bail and Magistrate Nova Hall indicated her concern, but said she would not interfere with the status quo.

Parchment was granted bail after Attorney James Austin Smith said this defendant had consistently denied involvement and pointed to Jarrett’s bail position.

Hurlston was remanded in custody and the three were brought back to court on 23 March.

On that date, a new charge of robbery was bought against Parchment, Jarrett and Charles Manly Donald Ebanks, 40.

That charge related to an incident at commercial premises in Prospect on 7 March. The Crown alleges that all three drove to the location. One entered the premises and threw something like cement dust into the face of the attendant, who was temporarily blinded. The offender then grabbed the cash register, exited and got into the car, which drove off.

Defence Attorney Laurance Aiolfi applied for bail on behalf of Parchment. He said the Crown had conceded that the only evidence against him was the word of two co-accused individuals, one of whom was a self-confessed cocaine addict.

Magistrate Hall also heard applications for bail from Ebanks and Jarrett. After weighing the various factors, she remanded all four defendants in custody. Both matters were set for mention again on 30 March, with a preliminary inquiry set for 27 April.

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