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Swim coach denied bail

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Swim coach Nathan Brown was yesterday denied bail when he appeared in the Gun Court.

Brown is charged with robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm in connection with last month's $2.6-million robbery of Empire Supermarket in Cross Roads, St Andrew.

In making the application, Brown's lawyer told the court that her client was being used as a scapegoat in a conspiracy involving four other persons.

However, Justice Marva McDonald Bishop turned down the bail application on the grounds that investigations in the case were ongoing.

The judge then ordered that the swim coach be remanded until the case resumes on October 10.

It is alleged that Brown held up the night manager at the supermarket at gunpoint, during which a struggle developed.

The supermarket's caretaker saw what was happening and went to assist the manager.

The accused allegedly pulled a gun on the caretaker and attempted to fire at him, but the firearm failed to discharge.

The caretaker then reportedly ran away with the swim coach firing a shot at him.

It is further alleged that a security guard at nearby premises went to assist the caretaker, and the accused shot at the security guard.

Brown then escaped on an awaiting motorbike.

The police, who were alerted, gave chase.

The swim coach was subsequently arrested and charged after being accosted by the police.