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A 37-year-old Rousillac man was
granted $50,000 bail with surety
when he appeared in court charged
with stealing a total of $303,000
in cash from First Citizens on four
Jason Moonsammy was not called
upon to plead when he appeared be-
fore Magistrate Margaret Alert in the
San Fernando First Court on Thurs-
The charges arose after fraudulent
cheques were allegedly deposited to
Moonsammy’s account and he al-
legedly withdrew money from the
He was charged by PC Navin Latch-
man of the San Fernando Fraud Squad.
Alert read the charges to him that on
April 5, 2017, at Southern Main Road,
Marabella, he stole $50,000 in cash
from First Citizens.
The second charge is that on the
same day at the same place, he stole
$93,000 in cash from First Citizens.
The third charge is that on April 4,
2017, at South Trunk, La Romaine,
he stole $100,000 in cash from First
The fourth charge is that on April
5, 2017, at Southern Main Road, Mar-
abella, he stole $60,000 in cash
from First Citizens.
His attorney, Dexter Bailey,
told the court Moonsammy was
a technician who installed se-
curity cameras and alarms.
He said Moonsammy, a father
of one, had two pending matters
arising out of one incident.
He said Moonsammy had no pre-
Bailey told the court that Moon-
sammy was not the perpetrator of
these crimes and the real perpetrator
was yet to be held by police.
He said Moonsammy himself was a
victim in this matter and had done all
he could to assist the police in their
Police prosecutor Sgt Chanardath
Jhilmit did not object to bail and Alert
set bail at $50,000 with a surety and
approval from a clerk of the peace.
Moonsammy was granted a cash
alternative of $20,000 and the
matter was adjourned until May
— SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
‘Ole thief ’ gets
four years jail
A San Fernando man with 31 previous
convictions was jailed for a total four
years and eight months on Thursday,
despite his pleas for leniency when
appeared in court charged with three
Michael Marcano, 54, admitted to police that
he was an ‘ole breaker’ but told Magistrate Margaret
Alert he had changed his life and was trying to walk on
the right path.
His pleas did not sway Alert however, as she questioned
when he made this change.
The first charge that she read to him was
that on April 5, 2017, he broke and entered
into a dry goods store on Cipero Street,
San Fernando, and stole 30 packs of small
garbage bags and 20 packs of large garbage
bags both valued at $550.
He also stole one Beats speaker valued
at $300, seven cartons of large Broadway
cigarettes valued at $175, six small cartons
of Broadway cigarettes at $102, six cartons
of large Du Maurier cigarettes valued at $145
and six small cartons of Du Maurier ciga-
rettes valued at $120. The total value of the
stolen items was $1392.
Police prosecutor Sgt Chanardath Jhilmit said
when the business owner realised his property
had been broken into, he made a report to the San
Fernando CID office. The scene was processed by a
police photographer and officers of the fingerprint
department. Marcano’s fingerprints were found at
Marcano was questioned on April 12 at the CID
office and he allegedly told the investigating of-
ficer, “Officer, I is a ole breaker, I know I cyar win
allyuh with fingerprints. I really break the place
and sell dem thing by the pusher for a lil money
and a smoke.”
The second charge was that on April 3, 2017, a
businessman along Coffee Street, San Fernando,
placed his black Lasko fan on the pavement and
went away. When the businessman returned later
that day, he realised the fan, valued at $400, was
On April 11, Marcano was interviewed in relation
to the missing fan. He told police, “Boss, I sorry
for taking the fan.”
The third charge was that on April 11, another
businessman left a teak console table valued at
$1800 outside his business and went away. When
the victim checked for the table sometime later,
he realised it was missing and made a report to the
San Fernando CID. Later that same day, police saw
Marcano on Coffee Street with the table. He told
the officers, “Boss, I really take the table.”
He was arrested and taken to the San Fernando
The table was taken to court and entered into
In court Thursday, Marcano said he was very sorry
that he had committed the crimes and begged for
a chance to repay his victims.
He said he had fallen ill last year and tried to
change his life and now takes care of his daugh-
ter’s five children.
He said his daughter suffers with sickle cell anae-
mia and he had just gotten a job to help her take
care of the children.
But Alert said his 31 convictions, with six in the
last ten years, told another tale.
She said his last pending matter for larceny was
last April. She then sentenced him to four years
hard labour for the first charge and four months
hard labour on each of the other two charges.
The sentences will run concurrently.
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