Jimmy Nickie, a 38-year-old Vermont man who stole a sizeable amount of medical marijuana from the storeroom of the Green Lava Lab in Vermont, appeared in Court on Wednesday after being slapped with four charges.
Nickie has been charged with entering the storeroom of the Green Lava Lab in Vermont, as a trespasser, and stealing 53 kilos (116.8 pounds) of marijuana, valued at EC$214,650, the property of Green Lava Lab Ltd.
Nickie is also charged with entering the dwelling house of Merland French, the watchman at Green Lava, and at the time had with him a weapon of offence, to wit, a gun.
Nickie has been further charged with possession of a homemade firearm, make and serial number unknown.
In addition, he is charged with discharging a firearm at Merland French.
All four offences were reportedly committed in Vermont on December 5, and are said to be connected.
The charges were laid indictably, and therefore Nickie was not required to plea when he appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday.
The Prosecution did not object to bail, and Nickie was granted $2,500 bail with one surety on the condition that he report to the Vermont Police Station on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. He was also ordered not to contact the virtual complainant.
Nickie was initially ordered to report to the Vermont Police Station only on Mondays, but Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne kept the bail amount at a reasonable level and varied the reporting conditions after Nickie complained of having a diabetic related foot issue which had to be attended to on a regular basis.
When the Magistrate inquired from the Prosecution earlier about the possibility of Nickie being granted bail on his own recognizance, so as to ensure that Nickie gets the medical care he needs, Prosecutor La Fleur Samuel said the Prosecution would prefer if Nickie was granted bail with a surety, as the charges were serious, and that the marijuana was a sizeable amount.
The Magistrate agreed and told Nickie that he would have to find a surety.
A Preliminary Inquire (PI) is slated for January 31.