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Alejandro Baptist charged with Theft Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Alejandro BaptistAlejandro Baptist, 18,  appeared in the Magistrate’s Court, on Thursday, July 19, to answer to a single charge of theft. The following day, Friday, he reappeared in Court where he was granted bail, after spending one night at the Kolbe Foundation.

When arraigned in Court on Thursday, Baptist had pleaded not guilty of stealing an Isuzu Rodeo valued at $10,000. The Rodeo belongs to Julian Ferguson.

The court prosecutor had then objected to bail on the grounds that the evidence from the prosecution side is solid, as Baptist had been found inside the car an hour after it had been stolen.

The prosecutor also cited the nature of the offence and the prevalence of it, as part of his reasons for objecting to bail.

When Baptist was asked if he had any good reasons why the Court should grant him bail, he remained silent breifly. He later broke the silence by telling the Court that this was his first time being charged and that he was being wrongfully accused.

But the Senior Magistrate was not convinced and she remanded him to prison for a night.

On Friday, Baptist reappeared in Court and bail of $5,000 plus one surety was offered which he met by midday.

Baptist is scheduled to reappear in Court again on August 2.

Ferguson had told police that his Rodeo, which had been parked in the Palmdale Drive area, had been stolen sometime between the hours of 8:45 a.m., on Wednesday, July 18, and 1:25 a.m., on Thursday, July 19.

At about 2:30 a.m., Baptist was found sitting inside the stolen vehicle.