New year's robbery case adjourned

Three defendants to return to court on Feb. 28

Three men charged with the New Year’s Day robbery of Diamonds International appeared in Grand Court on Friday, only to have the case adjourned again for two weeks.  

The accused are James Herbert McLean, Christopher Julian Myles and Jonathan Mark Ramoon. 

Crown Counsel Marilyn Brandt told Justice Charles Quin that the matter had been set for arraignment that day, that is, for the charges to be put to the defendants and for them to say whether they are guilty or not guilty. 

However, attorney Prathna Bodden advised that she and fellow defense attorneys Fiona Robertson and John Furniss had received additional material from the crown just the day before and more was expected. 

She also advised that Ramoon was seeking alternative representation and so she asked to come off record. 

Justice Quin urged Ramoon to get a new attorney as soon as possible. 

Court proceedings were moved from an upstairs courtroom to Court 3 on the ground floor to accommodate Ramoon’s wheelchair. His right foot and leg were heavily bandaged. 

In contrast to his first court appearance, when he was brought to court by ambulance, Ramoon was transported this time in a regular prison van.  

He was injured after being chased down by Police Commissioner David Baines in his car immediately after the robbery in downtown George Town. 

The three men are charged with robbing the waterfront store of jewelry valued at more than $750,0000, and being in possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery.