Handcuffs in court for captured accused

By Jensen LaVende

THE 27-year-old man who is accused of breaking into the home of several people in Westmoorings area re-appeared in court yesterday charged with escaping lawful custody and 17 outstanding warrants following his alleged escape.

Keon "Spider" Fernando, 27, remained handcuffed before Magistrate Melvin Daniel when he appeared charged with escaping legal custody on June 14 from the Port of Spain Prison and 17 outstanding warrants arising from his failure to appear in court, some dated as far back as 2009.

Fernando told Daniel that he wanted to apply for a lawyer through legal aid as his trial has been set for November 21.

Fernando appeared in court on Wednesday charged with robbing several people, including relatives of Congress of the People (COP) member Rocky Garcia, of over $120,000 worth of cash, jewelry, cellphones and electronics among other items.

He was arrested close to the fish depot in Cocorite during a sting operation last week Wednesday by officers of the Western Division led by Snr Supt Ishmael David and Insp Henry Dann.

He is facing several house-breaking charges, maliciously wounding a woman during one of the alleged robberies and raping two others following his alleged escape from prison. Those matters were adjourned to December 5.

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