The alleged incident took place on October 3, 2012.
According to court records, Isidore and two other men took a bus from Castries to Marc. The bus driver, Leland Thomas, claims that after dropping most of the passengers off he drove a little distance when one of the men said “stopping here driver. Change for $5”.
He stopped and turned to get change when he felt something “cool” pressed to the back of his head. One of the men, seated directly behind the driver, had a gun pointed at his head. At the same time, the man who was at the passenger window leaned in and grabbed the driver.
The three men pulled him out of the cab and proceeded to force him into the back of his bus. He was placed on the floor and the small seat was lowered over his legs and arms. The men stuffed his licence into his pocket and one drove the bus some distance from the site.
After a while the bus stopped and the men pulled him out, they tied him up, using his belt to tie his legs and some rope to tie his arms. They drove off in his bus. He managed to untie himself after a while and walked some distance before coming to a recognizable land mark, a banana shed in Deglos. He hitched a ride from Deglos to Cul De Sac where he met a police officer who advised him to make a report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). He proceeded to CID and made a report.
After leaving the CID, where he had been able to give officers descriptions of two of the men, Thomas then went to his home where he got into his car and patrolled the area of the robbery, hoping for a glimpse of his bus.
Acting on a tip from a friend a few days later, Thomas located his bus in Coolie Town, Ciceron. The bus had been badly damaged and several items, including the stereo, were missing.
Thomas called the police who processed the scene. Thomas indicated that it cost over $3,000 to fix his bus.
On October 23, 2012 Thomas identified one of the robbers at the police station in Castries. The man he identified was one Lester Isidore.
Isidore has been committed to stand trial for the offence of robbery. There is no word yet on the other men involved in the robbery.
Isidore, who is currently on remand, will return to court on September 27, 2013 for continuation of his matter.