Customs officer gets bail

Cocaine charge for mention again on 17 January

Suspended Cayman Islands Customs Officer David Karl Lobo was granted bail with numerous conditions after appearing before Magistrate Nova Hall on Tuesday afternoon. 

Lobo, 26, first appeared in Summary Court last week in Grand Cayman on a charge of being concerned in the exportation of more than two pounds of cocaine. He was remanded in custody for the Crown to determine whether there were any other charges pending. 

This week, Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson told the court inquiries were still under way. 

The magistrate said the matter was serious not only because of the amount of illegal drugs involved, but also because the basis of the allegation against Lobo was that the offence occurred during the execution of his duties. 

She said the outcome would depend on the credibility of a witness. 

Defence attorney Graham Hampson previously had indicated he would be applying for bail. 

The magistrate said what concerned her at this stage was the risk of the defendant’s flight. She felt she could grant bail, but only with stringent conditions. 

These included: Posting of a cash bond in the sum of $10,000; a bond of $25,000 with one or two sureties; electronic monitoring; specified residence; a curfew between 7pm and 6am; surrender of travel documents. 

Mr. Hampson said the family was ready to put up land papers, but would have trouble with the cash. He asked the court to reconsider. 

“Given my own experience in court, I’m fairly steady on the cash bond,” she said. 

Mr. Hampson asked if the cash could be provided by up to four people and the magistrate agreed.  

The charge against Lobo arose from an incident at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman on 8 September, 2010.  

His matter was set for mention again on Tuesday, 17 January 2012.