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Supermarket robbers appear in court

Dave Samuel (l) - gets $32, 000.00 bail and co-defendant Kimon Noel (r) - who was remanded to prison in connection with the armed robbery of Hope Supermarket robbery last month

Police in Grenada have made a major breakthrough in a robbery that occurred at the Smart Savers Supermarket in Hope, St. Andrew in June when gunmen got away with $2, 100.00 in cash.

39-year-old Chef Dave Samuel of Westerhall, and Kimon Noel appeared before Magistrate Francine Foster on Thursday on a multitude of charges in connection with the robbery of the supermarket on June 7.

Attorney Edwin is providing legal representation for Samuel, who is facing one (1) count of Robbery and two (2) money laundering charges.

Noel, who is represented by Barrister-at-Law Anselm Clouden was denied bail, however, Samuel was granted $12, 000.00 bail with two (2) sureties on the robbery charge, and $10, 000. 00 bail with 2 sureties on each of the money laundering charges.

As part of his bail conditions, the court prohibited Samuel from entering the parish of St. Andrew, and instructed him to report to the St. David’s Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m., as well as surrender all travel documents and request permission from the Court in order to leave the State.

The court outlined the strict conditions despite strong objection from the Police Prosecutor who based his arguments on the serious nature of the offence, and the record of previous crimes involving Noel in particular.

Noel, who was brought before the court on charges of Robbery with Violence, Money Laundering, Possession of a Firearm and Discharging a Firearm, currently has 11 unrelated matters currently pending before the court.

The Police Prosecutor informed the court that the firearm used in the offence is still at large and expressed concern for the safety of the witnesses in the case, as grounds for his objection to bail.

Samuel and Noel are charged along with 27-year-old Timothy Hypolite, who is accused of participating in the robbery, and being in possession of a gun.

Hypolite, who is currently on bail in an unrelated matter involving the stealing of a delivery van in St. David, was not present when the matter came up in court on Thursday.

However, the Court, which was experiencing technical difficulties during the session, was later told that Hypolite had turned up for the matter but had left the compound due to the challenges that were being experienced.

Attorney Edwin, who is also representing Hypolite confirmed to THE NEW TODAY that his client was eventually granted bail by Magistrate Foster.

He is due to reappear in Court on August 15 along with the other two (2) co-defendants when the matter resumes in the Magistrate’s Court.

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