Old House Cafe, Nevis

By Monique Washington

Two businesses became victims of the on-going crime rampage on the island last week when the Ole House Café was torched and set on fire, while the Palms Court Entertainment Center was robbed.

Last Thursday morning, The Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force went to the Ole House Cafe on Pump Road, where there was an apparent arson attempt to the interior of the building. Minimum damage occurred and the business reopened on Friday.

The Observer was informed the police viewed the security camera monitoring the business, which showed a man committing the crime. Less than 48 hours after the incident,Shirmon Sinclair, a Guyana national, was arrested and charged with attempted arson.

On Tuesday, Sinclair appeared in Magistrate Court in Charlestown to request bail.He was represented by attorney Robelto Hector.

Hector asked the court to treat the charge as merely an allegation. The attorney noted that Sinclair is a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis, and although he was charged with a serious offense it is a bail able one.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Eurita Collins-Percival, objected to the bail application citing that Sinclair’s actions were “an evil and a vicious act, if bailed out, he can go back and finish what he started, or he can go back to Guyana.”

Magistrate Jasmine Clarke granted Sinclair $5,000 bail with two sureties.

In another incident 24 hours later, on July 1 after 7 p.m., two masked, armed men dressed in all black clothing, enteredThe Palms Court Entertainment Center in the heart of Charlestown. The bandits demanded cash and fled the scene with an undisclosed sum of money. Two close-by officers were called and told in which direction the bandits ran, but the police were unable to catch anyone.

The police have yet to arrest anyone in the incident.