Police recovered the 2009 Toyota Hilux pick-up valued at $40,000 which was stolen from the Central Health Region Department on Tuesday, May 8. They have since charged Police Constable Marvin Wade, 23; his brother, Jason Wade, 32; and Kerwin Godoy, 24, an employee at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, for handling stolen goods and taking a vehicle without permission.
After hearing the prosecutor’s objections to bail, Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer remanded the trio to prison for one week, when they pleaded not guilty to charges on Tuesday, May 22.
Police objected to bail because this kind of crime was becoming prevalent, and over concern that the accused may try to interfere with the ongoing investigation.
Attorney Bryan Neal, representing all three defendants, argued that the men are being wrongfully accused by the police, and the offences do not require remand. He added that two of the accused do not have any criminal record and are law abiding citizens.
Frazer stipulated that the prosecutor must provide the court with disclosure., and not to return to court with any more excuses about why the accused men’s freedom should be further taken away.
Ladyville Police, acting on a tip, set up a sting operation which succeeded in recovering the stolen pick-up on Saturday, May 19.
Video camersa installed on the Ministry of Health compound showed a single person entering the compound and calmly driving away with the stolen