After spending two months on remand, an 18-year-old St Michael youth was released today on $7 500 bail.
When Davonte Andre Blackman, of Block 2C South Wildey, returned before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale, his attorney Kim Sealy urged the court to grant the accused bail.
Blackman is charged with unlawfully assaulting a girl and occasioning her serious bodily harm.
Sealy reiterated to the court that to the best of her knowledge, the complainant had said that Blackman never assaulted her and, under the circumstances, since it was her word against the police, then “the scales ought to tip in the accused favour.”
She added that having never been remanded before, Blackman had now done so for the last two months and was “at risk of being desensitized to the prison experience.”
Sergeant Janice Ifill, although not objecting to bail, asked that conditions be attached.
Blackman was ordered by the court to report to a police station three times a week and follow a 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew. He was also warned not to interfere or approach the complainant in any way.
“Keep out of trouble. Do not come back,” he was advised.
In respect of bail, his grandmother, who stood as surety, was asked whether she thought she could control Blackman.
“Yes please! My Worship,” she answered, “and if he refuse to obey my orders, I will bring him back.”
His matter comes up again on July 6.