TUESDAY, FEB. 28: Four men appeared in Magistrates’ Court today facing theft, deception and dishonesty charges.
Denzil Chase, 19, denied stealing a Chase Bank Visa card and a Citi Bank Visa card belonging to Krissana Nakjoo.
Eugene Bassett, 23, and Dejuan Simons, 23, pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving stolen goods, the Chase Bank Visa card, knowing it was stolen.
Bassett, Simons and Ryan Richardson, 21, were charged with dishonestly obtaining clothing, property of Robert Thomas, to the value of $1,825 by using the credit card belonging to Ms Nakjoo.
Bassett and Simons pleaded guilty while Mr Richardson denied the charge.
Bassett and Simons also admitted attempting to dishonestly obtain two TVs and a turntable from M&M International by using the credit card belonging to Ms Nakjoo.
Mr Chase was also charged with dishonestly obtaining boots and socks from Boyles in St George’s to the value of $374 and clothing from English Sports Shop to the value of $84.95 by using the credit card belonging to Ms Nakjoo.
He denied both charges.
The court heard the charges took place on December 12.
Cindy Clarke, deputy director of the DPP, told the court Ms Nakjoo was visiting the island and was travelling on a rental bike.
On December 12, she left St George’s and stopped at Shelly Bay Beach, leaving a bag in the cycle’s basket.
When she returned to the cycle, the bag was gone.
It contained the Chase and the Citi Bank credit cards.
Ms Clarke told the court Ms Nakjoo called the banks to inform them that the cards had been stolen and was told there had been charges made on both.
Meanwhile, police received information that a man, Bassett, tried to use a credit card at M&M International to buy two TVs and DJ equipment.
Ms Clarke said the transaction was aborted and the man left.
Police attended the store the next day and were told Bassett was there.
He was arrested and his home was searched, where officers found a large quantity of clothing.
Simons then attended the police station and handed several items of clothing to the police.
He told officers he met one of his co-accused at Belvin’s where he was given the credit card.
Simons also said he went to by clothing with Bassett and another defendant with the credit card.
He said he also gave Bassett the credit card to buy the TVs and the turntable.
Addressing senior magistrate Archibald Warner, Simons said: “I’m very remorseful, Your Honour, for what happened and I didn’t really benefit off anything.”
Mr Warner adjourned the matter for Bassett and Simons to April 12 for sentencing and ordered social inquiry reports for both.
Mr Richardson and Mr Chase will reappear for mention in two weeks.
All four defendants were given $5,000 bail with one surety.