By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO baggage handlers at Lynden Pindling International Airport denied they stole a government issued revolver and laptop from a Magistrate’s bag when they were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Edward Poitier, 22, of Third Street, and Leonard Minns, 23, of Melvorne Road, appeared before Magistrate Joyanne Pratt-Ferguson in Court no. 9 to face a charge of stealing by reason of employment.
The alleged victim is Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis of Court No. 5. The goods stolen were valued at $2,300.
It is alleged that the two, on Saturday, September 29, stole a $50 Samsonite bag, reading glasses costing $600, a $400 HP laptop and a $1,250 Smith and Wesson .38 revolver in addition to five live rounds of ammunition, all the property of Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.
Poitier was separately charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition while Minns was charged with receiving the HP laptop.
Both accused elected to have the matter tried in Magistrate’s Court after pleading not guilty to all of the charges.
The prosecutor did not object to bail. They were each granted $12,000 bail by the Magistrate with conditions applied.
Both men must have two sureties sign the bail bond, surrender their passports to the court, and report to the Grove Police Station twice a week on or before 6pm.
Poitier reports to the station on Tuesdays and Thursdays while Minns goes in on Wednesdays and Fridays.
They will return to court on January 23 and 24, 2013 for trial. Poitier retained lawyer Michael Kemp to defend him. Minns was not represented at yesterday’s arraignment.