Man who bought LIAT tickets with stolen debit card granted bail

Barbados TODAY – After several attempts, Guyana national Kelvin Richard Nixon who is accused of several fraud offences was able to post bail in the sum of $40,000.

The 35-year-old from East Coast Demerara had been on remand at HMP Dodds since his first appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court in August 2018.

He is accused along with a female relative of obtaining goods from PMST (Barbados) Limited on August 7, 2018 by using a FirstCaribbean International Bank visa debit card belonging to Anthony D. Phillips.

Nixon is also charged with conducting a series of transactions using Phillips’ card between August 2 and 22, 2018 including dishonestly obtaining a $12,939.30 engine from Star Products Limited; $3,632 in goods from Pro Sales; $779.98 in goods from Galaxy Fashions; $2,435.95 in goods from West Riley Electronics Company Limited; $460 in goods from Fusionz Boutique; $1,130.84 in goods from Shopsmart Inc; two airline tickets valued at $1,646.42 from LIAT (1974) Limited; $702. 36 in goods from F&B Automotive Arts; $7,150.85 in goods from Carters and Company; and $4,357.58 in goods from Cost-U-Less.

He is further accused of stealing $39,000 from Phillips’ account at the bank’s Broad Street branch, as well as laundering $82,134. 40 in proceeds of crime.

The prosecution maintained objections to bail on the grounds that the accused was a flight risk given that he was arrested at the departure lounge of the Grantley Adams International Airport. However, on his last appearance in court his attorney Angela Mitchell-Gittens provided the court with medical correspondence outlining Nixon’s health status.

After considering the circumstances Magistrate Doulgas Frederick offered the non-national bail with orders that he reports to the District ‘A’ Police Station every Wednesday before 10 a.m. with valid identification. Nixon who informed the magistrate that officers at the Criminal Investigation Department were in possession of his travel documents must also reside with his surety until the matter is adjudicated.

The accused was then released after the court accepted his surety to return to court on June 11, 2019.