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Bail extension for men accused in aviation fuel theft

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


The three St James men who were arrested and charged last month for allegedly stealing aviation fuel from Jamaica Aircraft Refuelling Services (JARS) in Montego Bay had their bails extended until next month when they appeared in court yesterday.

Dave Morris, Rayon Downer and Rhoan Williams, who are facing charges ranging from breaches of the Larceny Act to receiving stolen property, were given the new date in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Morris is represented by attorney-at-law O'Neil Brown; Downer, by attorney Don Foote; and Williams, by attorney Jacqueline Minto.

Confiscated items

In court yesterday, the defendants' attorneys asked that items which were confiscated when the police raided their clients' properties be returned.

However, in opposing the request, the prosecution told presiding magistrate Sandria Wong-Small that a tanker-truck, which had also been confiscated, would be needed in building the prosecution's case.

The three men were arrested and charged on July 24 by officers from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, after raids were conducted at three dwellings and a business place and evidence, which the police say links the men to the stolen aviation fuel, was found.

It is further alleged that, during the raids, cash amounting to J$2 million and documents of evidential value were confiscated.

The matter involving the theft of the aviation fuel came to the fore on May 10 when a fuel tanker was seen refuelling at the JARS plant at the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay.

The action, which was considered contrary to the norm, aroused the suspicion of airport

officials as, according to the police, the refuellers are only used to service aircraft coming into the airport.

Subsequent to the men being taken into custody, approximately 4,000 litres of fuel was reportedly found at an undisclosed location.