Three men who were arrested last month appeared in Grand Court on Friday for allegedly presenting themselves as workers with the National Roads Authority and offering to paint the parking lot of a business premises on North Church Street.
However, the case was adjourned for another two weeks after Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran told the court that the prosecution has received further complaints about the men for “similar matters” on the same day, Oct. 26.
Mr. Moran requested more time so that his office could decide whether to file more charges against the men. Defense attorney James Stenning agreed that the case should be adjourned so his clients know exactly what they are accused of before they plead. Grand Court Justice Roger Chapple granted the adjournment, setting a return date of Friday, Nov. 30.
The men are David Gammell, 20, a British national; Patrick Sheridan, 21, and John Quilligan, 22, both Irish nationals. They were visitors who had been staying at a hotel on West Bay Road. They have since moved to a different hotel.
They are charged with “personating public officers” and with obtaining $672 with intent to permanently deprive the owner.
The men originally appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn heard that they had approached Cash Wiz on North Church Street and offered to paint the business’s parking lot for a fee, stating that they were employed by the NRA. The business owner later ascertained they did not work for the NRA and reported the incident to police on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Following an investigation, the three men were located and taken into custody.
The case has been sent to the Grand Court, and the defendants are out on bail.
Additionally, they each face a charge of working without a permit, and are scheduled to appear in Summary Court in relation to that charge on Wednesday.