The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has charged St. George’s businessman, Royston Haywood with fraudulent breach of trust.
Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that Haywood was charged today in connection with monies that he kept after selling a vehicle for someone who had entrusted the sale to him.
The charge came days after Haywood lost control of the Rubis branded Botanical Gardens Gas station in Tanteen on the grounds of breach of contract.
A local law firm had written to the Gas station operator within the past two weeks giving him notice to vacate the premises and to hand over the operations to Rubis.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Haywood has been running the gas station for the past 35 years.
A source who asked not to be named said Haywood reportedly sold the vehicle for approximately EC$29, 000.00 but did not hand over any money to the owner.
He said that after several unsuccessful attempts by the owner to retrieve his money, a criminal complaint was made with CID alleging that Haywood used a portion of the money to purchase fuel from Rubis for his gas station and did not honour his commitment with the vehicle owner.
He indicated that police investigators had engaged Haywood over the months to try and get him to make the necessary payments to the complainant but each time deadline set was not met.
He told THE NEW TODAY that CID took the decision to give the small businessman until the end of November to make payments failing which he would be charged for the offence of “Fraudulent Breach of Trust”.
Haywood was transferred from CID office on Green Street to the nearby Central Police Station on the Carenage where he was granted bail in the sum of $10, 000.00 with two sureties.
The St. George’s businessman is due to make his first appearance in court in connection with the charge on January 26, 2021.