Security guard on $150k bail for allegedly stealing gun, ammo


Horace Thomside, a 23-year-old security guard was on Wednesday released on $150,000 bail for allegedly stealing a loaded firearm from his employer, Professional Guard Service (PGS), while on duty.

Thomside of Adelaide Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate (ag) Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court charged with larceny.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that he stole a Taurus .38 revolver and five live .38 matching rounds, valued at $126,095 on November 24, 2023.

Thomside’s attorney asked the court for reasonable bail citing that his client has mental issues.

Although no supporting documentation was provided, a probation officer revealed Thomside had previously received mental health treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

The Police prosecutor objected to bail, citing the gravity and prevalence of the offence, the recovery of the gun beneath Thomside’s bed, and his admission to stealing it while under caution.

During the search, Thomside reportedly told Police that stole the firearm for his “protection.”

The Chief Magistrate, considering Thomside’s mental state, granted bail.

The conditions include Thomside visiting the mental health clinic at the Georgetown Public Hospital for treatment and reporting to the Kitty Police Station every two weeks until the completion of his trial.

He is slated to appear in court again in January 2024.

The firearm, part of a batch signed for by PGS driver Olton Mars, was discovered missing during routine checks on the day in question.

Thomside, present during the issuance of firearms to guards, admitted to stealing the weapon and hiding it under his bed.

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