A suspect who had some $30,000 in various vehicle parts in his possession was granted bail in the sum of $3,000, it was revealed at a police news conference Friday.
The amount of the bail has prompted incredulous responses on social media.
When the bail was disclosed at Friday’s news conference and a reporter pointed out that it was not a deterrent, Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for operations, George Nicholas responded that it was a matter which is out of the hands of the police.
“All we can do is apprehend the criminals, bring them to justice – the discretion is in the power of the magistrate or the judge to set bail accordingly,” Nicholas told reporters at the news conference which focussed on the recent spate of vehicle thefts.
The senior police officer said that the police will continue to pursue the criminals responsible for the thefts.
“One we can lay our hands on them we are going to apprehend them and take them to justice,” Nicholas said.
Both Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis have in the past expressed concern about the level of bail imposed by the courts for various offences.