The three suspects, Jason ‘Peewee’ Liddie of St. Johnson Village, Kevin Smith of South Shadwell Development and Jermaine Underwood of Ottley’s Village, are accused of burglarising several homes in that community and stealing a number of electronic items, an undisclosed sum of money and other valuable items.
In their quest for pre-trial liberty, the Director of Public Prosecutions objected to bail and they have since been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
A police release stated that the break-ins occurred between the 19th and 20th of July 2014 and a large number of the stolen items were recovered.
It also stated that Liddie was the last of the three suspects to have been charged, as Smith and Underwood “were previously formally arrested and charged for a number of counts of Burglary”.
MiyVue.com learned that during investigations into the burglaries, Smith, accompanied by his father, had turned himself in to the authorities at the Basseterre Police Station.
This media house also learned that at one of the burglarised homes, one of the accused had failed in his attempt to sexually assault a female occupant after she screamed loudly to alert the neighbourhood. As a consequence, the burglar made good his escape but not before leaving his cell phone in the house.
“The head of the Criminal Investigations Department and the investigators involved in these cases therefore take this opportunity on behalf the Commissioner of Police and the entire Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force to thank all those persons who were instrumental in the investigation,” the release read.
This is not the first time Liddie and Underwood are in conflict with the law.
On 11th March 2008 a 12-member jury had found Underwood guilty of assault with intent to rob Glenroy Marshall in Church Street, Basseterre on the night of Saturday, 12th May 2007. He was remanded to prison and had to reappear in court on the following day for sentencing, but the length of sentence is not known by this media house.
He was also charged with a June 2008 offence of Larceny.
Liddie is a known repeat offender. Apart from being arrested and charged for Possession of Cannabis on 5th May 2008, he was previously charged on 5th January in that year with Obstruction, Resisting Arrest and Battery.
Liddie was shot in the right thigh in September 2010 following a manhunt in which he was said to have attacked the police after escaping from the Old Road Police Station. Police claimed that he had allegedly committed an act of larceny from a dwelling house.
He was sentenced to three years imprisonment on 28th July 2011 after being found guilty of receiving a number of items stolen from a home in Trinity on 25th July 2011.
And less than 24 hours after a wanted bulletin was issued by the police, Liddie turned himself in to the authorities. He was wanted in connection with a 26th May 2014 incident of Housebreaking and Larceny.
Meanwhile, the police are seeking the public’s assistance in the recovery of a number of items stolen from a home at Rawlins Estate, St. Paul’s Village between the 6th and 7th of August 2014.
Among the stolen items are one large picture frame, one three-seater and a single seater living room chairs, one large GE Refrigerator, one face basin, one mahogany dining room set with four chairs, two single mattresses and one queen-size mattress.
Police are reminding members of the public that it is an offence to knowingly receive stolen items and are asking anyone who has information pertaining to this incident to call the St. Paul’s Police Station at 465-6281 or the nearest police station, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS).