Bail Denied for Arson Accused Man
A Roseau magistrate said he was not prepared to open bail for an accused arsonist who appeared before him on Monday May 12th.
Jeffery Francis of Castle Bruce was accused of unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to the dwelling house of Pascal George of that same community on April 10th, 2014.
He was also accused of committing damage to a Toyota Noah bus valued at $24,500 belonging to Jeff Mickel.
Francis was not required to plea because both offences are indictable.
The Prosecution headed by Inspector Valda Powell objected to bail on the grounds that, the defendant was a flight risk and also explained that, while in police custody the defendant escaped but was recaptured.
When Magistrate Bernard Pacquette asked Francis why he had done so, he stated that he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
Pacquette said he was not minded to grant bail at this time and Francis was remanded.
The preliminary inquiry is set for August 6th 2014 at Castle Bruce.