GWELO, Thursday, October 6, 1966 — Strenuous opposition to bail in the case Mohammed Hassin Iqbal, of 68 Third Street, Gwelo, was put forward by the public prosecutor, Patrol Officer JP Miller, at Gwelo Magistrate’s court today when Iqbal was remanded on two counts brought under the Gold Trade Act alleging dealing in or possession of gold.
But the magistrate, Mr TC Rhodes, allowed bail in the sum of £500 cash on grounds that there was “insufficient evidence of a conclusive nature for the court to refuse”.
Mr Rhodes did, however, impose the conditions for bail that Iqbal should report three times daily to Gwelo Charge Office, that he should surrender his travel documents, that he should surrender his travel documents, that he should not communicate with any Crown witnesses and that he should not contravene any of the provisions of the Gold Trade Act. Iqbal was remanded to October 19. Patrol Officer Miller said the Crown opposition to bail was on grounds that the accused man was likely to abscond and to commit further offences. “We also anticipate interference with witnesses,” he said.
The investigating officer, Detective Section Officer David Wright, said that on August 25 a member of the CID approached the accused with another piece of gold which was purchased. Questioned as to the possibility of interference with witnesses, D/S/O Wright described the accused as a “vicious criminal. He has informed me himself of the action he took on another gold dealer who double crossed him”.
The detective produced in court a length of plastic covered cycle chain which he had found on the accused’s dressing table.
Asked by the magistrate how he based his opinion that Iqbal was a “vicious criminal”, D/S/O Wright replied: “From his own bragging to me of how another gold dealer was beaten up, I think he would take retribution on those involved in this case”.
Mr Bruce Longhurst appeared for the accused.