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Man remanded owing to tracking device shortage

A Pembroke man has been remanded into custody because of a shortage of tracking devices.

Vain Waldron, 49, was denied an application to change his bail conditions when he appeared in Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Mr Waldron is accused of importing 2,646.8 grammes of cannabis, with a street value of $132,350, and possessing cannabis with intent to supply in St George's on May 25.

The trial had to be postponed, however, as the Crown was not ready to proceed.

Mr Waldron has been in custody since September 10, when he pleaded not guilty to both charges and was granted $10,000 bail with a surety of the same amount.

Mr Waldron's defence lawyer yesterday applied to amend the conditions of his bail so that Mr Waldron could return home and provide for his family as he waits for a new trial date.

But he was told that no electronic monitoring devices were available.

He said that Mr Waldron, who had no previous convictions, would be willing to surrender his passport and report to the Hamilton Police Station daily.

Crown Prosecutor Takiyah Burgess told the court that bail conditions should remain as they were, set by Senior Magistrate Juan Wolffe.

She said: “Bail is, in my opinion, a reasonable amount.”

Magistrate Nicole Stoneham denied the application and said that a further request could be made once a device was available.

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Published December 16, 2014 at 2:01 am (Updated December 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm)

Man remanded owing to tracking device shortage

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