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Second BTC robbery suspect charged

Police have charged a second suspect with the armed robbery of the Shirley Street office of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company.

Yesterday, Desmond Pratt, 19, of Elizabeth Estates, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in connection with the November 26 hold-up, one day after the arraignment of his co-accused Godfrey Hepburn, 27, of Clarke’s Alley, St. James Road.

According to police, two men robbed the office of$787.67.

Pratt did not have to enter a plea to the allegation against him. He did not allege police brutality as Hepburn did on Monday.

Magistrate Bethell denied both men bail and advised them of their right to make a bail application to the Supreme Court.

She will hold a status hearing on December 13. On that date, prosecutor Inspector Ercell Dorsett will inform the court whether the case will be sent directly to the Supreme Court or if a preliminary inquiry will be held in the magistrates court.

A third man whom police arrested during their investigations died in police custody. According to police, Owen Rolle, 35, of Monastery Park, collapsed at the Central Detective Unit after he complained of chest pains.

Police have announced that the coroner and a seven-member jury will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the former Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine.

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