Man initially convicted in $44m heist case freed
Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter
One of the five people who were convicted for the theft of $44 million from a Guardsman armoured truck in January 2010 has been freed because he was convicted of an offence for which he was not charged.
Steve Jordine, a labourer of a Kingston address who was sentenced in December last year, had his conviction quashed yesterday.
The Court of Appeal entered a verdict of acquittal and set aside Jordine's 18-month prison sentence.
Attorneys-at-law Robert Fletcher and Christopher Townsend, who represented Jordine, argued that Jordine was found guilty of receiving stolen property although he was not charged with that offence. They said the indictment was not amended to include that charge.
Jordine was in prison awaiting the outcome of his appeal.
Truck left unattended
The Crown led evidence at the trial that on the day of the incident, three security guards left the truck to conduct business on behalf of the company.
Errol Cameron, the driver, was left inside the truck. When they returned, it was discovered that the money was missing. Cameron reported that he had left the truck unattended to use the bathroom.
Investigations by the police led to the arrests of five people, including Cameron and Jordine.
Dwayne Satchell, Tamara Kellerman and Cameron pleaded guilty and were sentenced.
Clifton Kerr and Jordine were convicted in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.