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Stealing arraignment postponed

A former controller and paymaster at Armoured Car Services accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the company over a year remains on police bail until it is determined whether she will be arraigned.

Michelle Bowe originally appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on November 24 to be arraigned on 49 counts of stealing by reason of employment.

At the time, her lawyer Romona Farquharson raised a preliminary objection saying that the six-month statute of limitations had expired on 33 of the charges.

Bethell agreed and adjourned the matter to allow the prosecution time to get a fiat from the Office of the Attorney General authorizing the court to proceed.

When Bowe appeared yesterday, no fiat had been presented.  The prosecutor, Inspector Ercell Dorsett, said no fiat was needed because of newly passed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code.

However, Farquharson pointed out that the amendments which came into effect on November 4 were not retroactive so the court still did not have the jurisdiction to arraign Bowe on the charges.

Bethell agreed and adjourned the matter to December 12.

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