Guam – The alleged Bank of Guam credit card skimmer has had his day in court but he did not answer to the charge that he used a skimming device to commit a third degree felony.
A seemingly confused and frightened Nicola Marinelli stood before Superior Court Judge Benjamin Sison telling the court that he wants to go back to Italy. That request was quickly grounded as Sison shared if released it would not be for the purpose of returning to Italy.
“The people would recommend opposing Mr. Marinelli’s release today on a $10,000 cash bond,” an Assistant Attorney General stated.
Saying the fact that Marinelli has no ties to Guam and a language barrier may pose a problem in him complying with pre-trial release conditions such as checking into probation. The AG’s Office further noted that he is a flight risk.
But Marinelli’s legal counsel, Earl Espiritu, in opposition, requested for his release on personal recognizance as he is innocent until proven guilty. Espiritu further noted that the offense is non-violent and that he is no danger to the community at this time.
“According to the declaration, Mr. Marinelli made admissions to the police; hat his sole purpose to be on Guam was to commit crimes,” the AG’s Office, however, argued.
In the end Sison ordered that he could be released on a $5,000 cash bail. Marinelli’s next hearing is on August 20 before Judge Vernon Perez.