BTC robbery case to be sent to Supreme Court
Prosecutors intend to fast-track the robbery case against two men accused of last month’s hold-up of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s(BTC)Shirley Street office.
Desmond Pratt, 19, of Elizabeth Estates, and Godfrey Hepburn, 27, of Clarke’s Alley, St. James Road, will return to court on February 28 when it is expected that the voluntary bill of indictment, which will move the case to the Supreme Court, will be ready.
Clarke alleged that he was mistreated while in police custody; however, Pratt made no complaints.
The third person police arrested for questioning about the armed robbery died while in police custody.
Owen Rolle, 35, of Monastery Park, collapsed and died at the Central Detective Unit during questioning by three officers about the November 26 armed hold-up, police reported.
Police claimed Rolle, a former Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine, complained of chest pains before he passed out. Police allegedly found a gun on Rolle when they arrested him in Blair Estates.
According to a well-placed source, the autopsy report was inconclusive. Officials are still waiting on lab test results.
Police announced recently that Rolle’s autopsy was completed and the case file had been forwarded to the Coroner’s Court.
However, his family called a press conference recently and demanded an independent investigation into Rolle’s death.