Overstayer pleads not guilty to four burglaries

With help from an interpreter of his language from the Philippines, Rogelio Ragado Acena pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to four charges of burglary, all at commercial premises.

Assisted informally by attorney John Furniss, Acena first elected to be tried in Summary Court. Magistrate Valdis Foldats set trial for three charges on Wednesday, July 1, with the other for mention.

Acena, 44, had appeared in court previously, charged with the Nov. 27 burglary of the Digicel store in Countryside Shopping Village, where phones and tablets with a total value of $4,792 were reported stolen.

On Tuesday, when he appeared from custody for a mention of that charge, three more charges were brought.

Acena is accused of burglary at Paige and Company Beauty Salon on Smith Road; $400 in cash was stolen on March 11.

On March 25, he is accused of entering Clean and Trendy Beauty Salon on Eastern Avenue as a trespasser and stealing $800 worth of lotions, clothes and accessories.

On March 26, he is accused of burglary at Da Station Bar on Shamrock Road, where two computers with a total value of $3,300 were stolen.

Acena was also charged with overstaying since March 11 this year and he pleaded guilty.

Mr. Furniss said the prosecution’s case included fingerprints and DNA, which he would discuss with the defendant.