A Canadian businessman appeared in Court this morning, accused of stealing a quantity of raw gold from a mining camp, but the man claims that the gold really belongs to him.
54-Year-Old, Elson Bettencourt stood before the Chief Magistrate and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.
The Court heard that on the 13th October, the man allegedly stole five ounces of gold from miner, Royston Gilbert.
The gold carried a value of $1.8 million.
According to the police report, the Canadian man appeared at the mining camp and demanded that the gold be handed over. When one of the workers refused, he allegedly issued threats and an altercation began.
He made off with the quantity of gold and the worker who was at the mining camp filed a police report.
The gold was never recovered, but the businessman was arrested.
His Attorney told the court that his client was charged wrongfully since his client worked with the owner of the operation and as part of the arrangement he was told that he would be paid, but that payment for his work was never forthcoming.
He allegedly took the gold as payment. Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000 and he will have to make his next court appearance in November.