A 50yrs-old Bendals man was convicted in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of Larceny.
According to a Stratcom release, Wesley Blanchette of Bendals appeared before Magistrate Conliffe Clarke charged with Fraudulent Conversion and Larceny. The Court heard that between August 15th, 2014 and March 20th of this year, he took EC$9,300 from a Wireless Road man and EC$17,000 from an Ebenezer woman, between the 9th and 22nd September 2016 to import their vehicle into the country.
However it is alleged that neither individuals received their vehicles nor a reimbursement.
In the first incident Blanchette pleaded guilty to the charge of larceny and was convicted and fined $1,500, payable by December 30th, 2016 or serve 8 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay full compensation to the Virtual Complainant of $9,300 by 30th December, or serve 8 months in prison. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of Fraudulent Conversion, which was withdrawn before the court.
In the second matter he was not required to enter any plea, since the offences are of an indictable nature.
Bail was granted in the sum of $34,000, with a cash component of $3,000 and two Antiguan sureties. He is also expected to report to the Bolans Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. He was ordered to surrender his travel documents and remain at his current address.
Police are conducting further investigations into this matter, and are appealing to members of the public with information to contact the Criminal Investigations Department.
Meanwhile, the police continue to appeal to Omarley Henry of Perry Bay to surrender himself immediately. Henry is wanted in connection with the ongoing murder investigations of 22yrs-old Shariece Henry of Grays Farm. He has been on the run since Monday 28th November. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest police station or the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913\14.