Woman in drug case changes plea to guilty

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Court Extra - By HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON and RANDY BEN­NETT

Ac­cused: I had no clear­ance to okay cheques

MIL­LION-DOL­LAR THEFT AC­CUSED An­der­son Ryan Ince yes­ter­day de­clared that he did not have the kind of se­cu­rity clear­ance needed to ap­prove lo­cal pur­chase or­ders (LPOS) or cheques.

Ince, a 43-year-old cler­i­cal of­fi­cer of Han­nays, St Lucy, and for­merly of Year­wood Road, Sugar Hill, St Joseph, is ac­cused of steal­ing $1 118 500, which be­longed to the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal and was main­tained by the Cen­tral Bank, be­tween Au­gust 1, 2003, and Au­gust 1, 2005. He was also charged with di­rectly en­gag­ing in trans­ac­tions, to­talling $1 118 500, which were the pro­ceeds of crime be­tween 2003 and 2005.

He has de­nied the of­fences.

Yes­ter­day the ac­cused opted to re­main in the dock of the No. 2 Supreme Court for an unsworn state­ment.

“I, as cler­i­cal of­fi­cer, can­not ap­prove cheques. I do not have the se­cu­rity as­signed by Smart Stream Depart­ment.

“I can only en­ter them in the sys­tem – req­ui­si­tions, in­voices and lo­cal pur­chase or­ders that are passed to me by heads of man­age­ment, se­nior ac­coun­tants, ac­coun­tants and the hospi­tal di­rec­tor,” he tes­ti­fied.

Ince said the as­sign­ment of sup­plies to the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal, or any other Gov­ern­ment agency was done by se­nior man­agers.

He ex­plained that in­for­ma­tion bear­ing the sig­na­ture of the ac­coun­tant was faxed to the Smart Stream Depart­ment and that depart­ment then as­signed the ven­dor to the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal or to any Gov­ern­ment depart­ment. He said the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal did not as­sign it­self ven­dors.

“The se­cu­rity needed to ap­prove is only as­signed by the Smart Stream Depart­ment at the Trea­sury (depart­ment). The se­cu­rity for a clerk or cler­i­cal of­fi­cer is dif­fer­ent from the se­cu­rity for an ac­coun­tant and se­nior ac­coun­tant,” he said.

“There­fore, an en­try clerk can­not ap­prove. The se­cu­rity is not given to him.”

The cler­i­cal of­fi­cer had ear­lier told the court he was em­ployed in the Gov­ern­ment ser­vice from Septem­ber 1998 and was ap­pointed in Fe­bru­ary 2013. He added he was as­signed to the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal from 2000 to 2006.

The ac­cused ex­plained his du­ties in­cluded the cre­ation of LPOS; en­ter­ing the LPOS into the sys­tem; and prepa­ra­tion of util­ity bills to en­ter into the sys­tem on be­half of the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal.

Ince also said that be­fore the LPOS were cre­ated, req­ui­si­tions had to be made by the store­room keeper or by the main­te­nance depart­ment.

He also told the court that for some­one to ac­cess the sys­tem, they would have had to cre­ate a pass­word to ac­cess the net­work. To get onto Smart Stream, an­other pass­word was re­quired.

“So two pass­words were needed,” he said.

“In con­nec­tion with Mr An­thony Nurse, the only af­fil­i­a­tion I have with Mr Nurse is see­ing him at the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal in­volved in elec­tri­cal work as an elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor.

“My af­fil­i­a­tion with Terry-anne Bade­nock (is) I know her; I’ve as­sisted her with small do­na­tions to as­sist with the pur­chase of goods and also the pay­ment of util­i­ties,” he said in con­clu­sion. ( HLE) A WOMAN who had a change of heart will have to wait just a lit­tle bit longer to know her fate.

Nyoka Jamo Ed­wards, 39, of Mur­phy’s Pas­ture, Chap­man Lane, The City, had orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty to charges of pos­sess­ing, traf­fick­ing and in­tend­ing to sup­ply cannabis when she first ap­peared in court on July 12.

How­ever, when she ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant in the District “A” Mag­is­trates’ Court on Monday, she changed her plea to guilty.

The mag­is­trate did not re­voke her bail, but ordered her to re­turn to court on Oc­to­ber 30 for sen­tenc­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Theodore Mcclean, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Ed­wards’ home and while search­ing they found an or­ange plas­tic con­tainer with veg­etable mat­ter sus­pected to be cannabis.

A fur­ther search turned up a white plas­tic bag on top of the fridge.

When asked to ac­count for the drugs, Ed­wards said she boiled the herb to treat her daugh­ter’s asthma.

Po­lice also con­ducted a search of the back­yard, where more drugs were found.

The il­le­gal drugs weighed 1.5 pounds, with an es­ti­mated street value of $3 000. ( RB)

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