Man gets bail, another remanded for series of vandalism

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A 25-year-old man of Amelia’s Ward, Linden, was granted bail while his accomplice was remanded to prison on a series of damage to property and break and enter charges committed on market stalls at the Mackenzie market.

Randy Leacock, a labourer, was granted $80,000 bail, while Claude Hoyte of Lower Kara Kara, Linden, was placed on remand pending a psychiatric evaluation.

The men were arrested on February 5 and made their appearance in the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday via zoom before Magistrate Wanda Fortune.

They were charged with malicious damage to property committed on shops owned by businessmen Nigel Leacock and Mark Bentick; and break and enter and larceny on a shop owned by Debra Marks at the Mackenzie market.

All of the incidents occurred between January 20 and 21, 2022.

Leacock pleaded not guilty to the break and enter charge and was granted $40,000 bail; he was also granted $40,000 on the malicious damage to property charge and was placed on his own recognizance and is to report to the Mackenzie Police Station every first and third Friday of the month.

Meanwhile, Hoyte was not required to plea and was placed on remand.

The matters were adjourned until February 18, 2022.

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