Charge: Stealing $155,600

Minister’s accuser in court again...

By Joel Julien

A COUVA man who recently made certain sexual allegations against a Government minister yesterday appeared before a Tunapuna magistrate charged with stealing a total of $155,600 from three people in separate incidents.

Anthony Nester, 27, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Stroude in the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Second Court charged with three counts of larceny.

Nester is charged with stealing $119,000, $24,000 and $12,600 from three different people in separate incidents between July last year and February.

He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

On Friday, Nester appeared before Port of Spain Magistrate Christine Charles accused of stealing $240,600 from six people on various dates last year and early this year, in Trincity, Curepe, Couva, Chaguanas and Arima. 

He was also alleged to have defrauded a travel agency of airline tickets valued at $31,515.

Nester yesterday appeared in the Tunapuna  court as he began day one of a nation-wide tour of magistrates’ courts this week.

Nester is scheduled to appear at Arima Magistrates’ Court today, at Chaguanas and Couva tomorrow and Thursday, respectively. He was unrepresented yesterday.

Court prosecutor Sgt Ramnath told Stroude there were concerns surrounding the verification of Nester’s address.

Nester told Stroude he lives at his mother’s home at Local Road, McBean Village, Couva, but like any “ordinary young man” spends some nights at his girlfriend’s house.

Nester, who said he has been incarcerated since last week Monday, was yesterday denied bail by Stroude.

Stroude said Nester’s address needs to be confirmed and an updated tracing of his criminal record must be completed.

Stroude, however, advised Nester of his right to apply to a judge in chambers for bail.

The matter has been adjourned to June 9.

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