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Bail revoked – Man wanted in US back in custody

Magistrate’s Court, John’s Hole, Tortola

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards has revoked Robert ‘Tico’ Harrigan’s bail, leaving Harrigan’s sureties to potentially pay the full $600,000 they had signed as collateral in relation to the bail bond.

The former Customs officer’s bail was revoked following reports that he broke his daily 6pm curfew.

The court had imposed a curfew as a bail condition for Harrigan, who the United States Justice Department is seeking to extradite to face drug-related charges.

The prosecution reported that, around 10 o’clock on a night last week, Harrigan was out riding his motor scooter near El Zarro on the eastern end of Tortola.

It is reported that Harrigan got involved in a traffic accident.

Police responded and, upon their arrival at the scene, they identified Harrigan. The law enforcers then arrested him for allegedly breaching his curfew.

During his court appearance on Friday, Harrigan explained that he and his parents had a heated verbal altercation on the night in question.

He stated that he left the residence to ‘cool off’ and, while on his way back, he had an accident with another vehicle.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards said the explanation is not a valid one for Harrigan to have broken his curfew. She subsequently ordered that he be remanded.

Harrigan will be brought back to court in September.

Meanwhile, Harrigan’s sureties will appear before Magistrate Shawn Innocent to find out whether they will have to cough up the monies that they promised to pay if Harrigan violates his bail conditions.

Magistrate Innocent, back in February, offered bail to Harrigan and Earl ‘Bob’ Hodge who is also being sought by the United States.

Magistrate Innocent is yet to make a ruling in relation to the extradition requests.

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