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Man charged with conning tourists offered bail

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A St Mary man, who was arrested after he reportedly defrauded two tourists to whom he had offered services as a tour guide in Montego Bay, was offered bail when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Gladstone Thompson, of a Gayle address in St Mary, is charged with larceny by trick, simple larceny, and two counts of operating without a Jamaica Tourist Board licence. He was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 and had his case set for trial on February 2.

It is alleged that on June 14, 2014, Thompson made arrangements with the first complainant to take him on a tour in Black River, St Elizabeth, after having previously taken him on tours in Montego Bay. Thompson took US$440 from the complainant for that venture but did not deliver on his part of the arrangement.

It is also alleged that on January 12 this year, Thompson offered his services as a tour guide to another tourist in Montego Bay, who subsequently left his bags with the accused while going on a mountain tour. When the complainant returned, J$3,000 was allegedly found to be missing from one of his bags.

"Do you plan to get a lawyer?" Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines asked Thompson, when the defendant was brought to court on Monday.

"Yes, Your Honour, as soon as I am able," Thompson replied.

The court was also told that the prosecution needed to determine whether the two complainants were still in the island before proceeding with the case.

Hart-Hines subsequently offered bail to Thompson on condition that he report to the Gayle Police Station in St Mary, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

"You are not to interfere with the Crown witnesses ... you are not to be seen along Gloucester Avenue (in Montego Bay) or its environs or any of the tourist areas in Freeport or Rose Hall," Hart-Hines cautioned Thompson before setting the case for mention on February 2.

- Christopher Thomas