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Two face court for scooter stolen at gunpoint

The Magistrate's Court, John's Hole, Tortola

The Magistrate’s Court, John’s Hole, Tortola

Two men accused of stealing a motor scooter at gun-point have been granted $50,000 bail each in the Magistrate’s Court.

Charged with theft are 26-year-old Rafael Harrigan and his 23-year-old co-accused Akeem Forbes.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges when they appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards.

The prosecution alleges that, in February last year, Forbes made a down-payment on a motor scooter at Core Scooter Sales on Tortola.

He received the motorcycle under a contract, which required him to complete payment at a later date.

The court heard that Forbes did not complete the payment, and so the scooter was repossessed.

Further allegations are that, on July 15 last year, the complainant in the matter and his father were at the scooter dealership in Fort Hill, when the two accused men drove up.

The men had a conversation, and the two accused later left the area.

It is alleged that the accused men returned with a gun, and the complainant ran from the area.

Forbes allegedly drove away, leaving his co-accused Harrigan at the scene.

The court heard that Harrigan ‘crackled’ the gun, requested the scooter that had been repossessed, and then left the area on the said scooter.

Police were informed and, some time after, Forbes and Harrigan were arrested and charged.

They are scheduled to face trial on May 15 to 17.

In the meantime, the accused men were ordered to report to the Road Town Police Station between 6am and 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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