Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
A security guard who allegedly stole a woman's bag from a supermarket and tried to extort money from her for its return was offered bail in court on Tuesday.
Rohan Hayle of a Rose Heights address in St James is answering charges of larceny in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
Attorney-at-law Chuma Parris, in his bail application, said his client was denying the allegations.
"He is known to the police, and he has no previous convictions. He denies the allegations as laid out, and Mr Hayle's address can be verified," said Parris.
"Under the circumstances, I ask that bail be offered to him, and conditions can be imposed."
The prosecution asked for two weeks to complete its case file as a statement from the arresting officer is still outstanding.
"This matter will be mentioned on July 16. Bail is offered to you in the sum of $150,000 with one or two sureties, and you will report to the Mount Salem Police Station every Monday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.," stated Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small.
"The investigating officer is to be advised to complete the file by the liaison officer and the case progression officer."
Allegations are that on June 18, the complainant left her handbag at the Consumer Supermarket on Barnett Street in Montego Bay and went elsewhere, but lost the ticket she had been given for the bag's storage. When she went back to the supermarket, she was told that a man - who turned out to be Hayle - had taken the bag while claiming she had sent him for it, and that he left a phone number to contact him.
Contact was made with the accused man, who made several arrangements to return the bag but kept giving the complainant the run-around.
On June 19, Hayle allegedly demanded $3,000 for the bag's return. Later that day, the complainant went with her boyfriend to Barnett Street where Hayle was waiting.
An argument developed, following which it is said that Hayle grabbed a plastic bag with $8,000 inside that the complainant had brought with her and ran off. The woman's boyfriend and a passing police team gave chase, and the accused was held and subsequently arrested.