Trial date set for bar robbery

Property stolen from four people

A man charged in connection with a robbery at Coconut Joe’s bar last year pleaded not guilty on Friday to four counts of robbery and one count of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery. 

Grand Court Justice Charles Quin set trial for James Romano Whittaker for Sept. 21. 

All charges arose from an incident at Coconut Joe’s BeachBar and Grill on West Bay Road on Oct. 16, 2014. 

The first count alleges that Whittaker, together with another person, stole $600 and a gold chain from a named person and put him in fear of being subjected to force. 

The next three counts are similarly worded and pertain to stealing $15 and a gold chain valued at $300 from another man; a wallet with $5 and various discount cards from a third man; and US$40 from a fourth victim. 

Whittaker entered his pleas by means of video link from Northward Prison. There will be a pre-trial directions hearing on July 17. No indication was given as to whether the trial will be by jury or by judge alone.