A man with five pending matters for robbery was refused bail last Thursday when he appeared before a Port of Spain magistrate charged with being in the possession of a Toyota Hilux knowing the van to be stolen.
Andrew Kwesi Charles of Cocoyea Village, San Fernando was arrested on January 7 at Coffee Street, San Fernando when he was allegedly seen in the van which was said to belong to Colin Marshall and is valued at $195,000.
Appearing on his behalf, attorney Imran Juman appealed for bail and informed Magistrate Gloria Jasmath that a tracing of Charles' name revealed that he had pending charges but he was instructed by his client that the majority of these charges had been dismissed.
Attorney Juman also told the court that Charles was on a waiting list to be enrolled in a trade school and that it was unfortunate that he was found in the vehicle at the time.
Magistrate Jasmath said Charles' pending charges were serious ones and that she was not minded to grant bail.
The magistrate also transferred the case to the San Fernando Magistrates' Court and he will re-appear there tomorrow. —GG