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Ex-reporter’s bail issue for judge in chambers
Keith Scotland, the attorney representing former Express crime reporter, Akile Simon, says he will be applying to a judge in chambers, after his client was denied bail last week. Scotland yesterday confirmed that he will be making an application later this week seeking bail for his client who remains in jail.
Simon, 29, appeared before senior magistrate Gail Gonzales on July 11, charged with possession of a .38 Beretta pistol and 13 rounds of .38 ammunition. His co-accused—gardener Rodney Cave, 28, was charged with possession of five 12-gauge cartridges. While Cave was granted $50,000 bail, Simon was denied bail because he had similar matters pending before the Arima court, for which he was granted bail.
Simon and Cave were arrested by officers led by Sgt Basdeo Sinanan on July 8, after a search warrant was executed at an apartment at the corner of Henry and Meade Streets, Tunapuna. Simon is also before the court, jointly charged with three others for a series of offences relating to a robbery at the K&A Liquor Mart in Arouca, on May 20.
Simon was granted $250,000 bail in that matter when he appeared before senior magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan on May 29. When Simon’s matter was called before the Arima court on Thursday, he was not present but the court was informed that the attorneys representing him—Dana Seetahal, SC and John Heath—wished to withdraw their representation. Seetahal and Heath are due to submit their applications when the matter comes up on August 9. Simon and Cave will reappear before the Tunapuna court on July 31.