A Beckles Road, St Michael man clearly did not want to be remanded today so, in order to avoid it, Chad Rommell Martin Williams simply walked out of the courtroom.
Williams had already appeared in the dock and pleaded not guilty to three June 15 charges of obstructing, resisting and using abusive language toward Police Constable Philmore Hall.
After objections by Sergeant Neville Reid, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant denied the accused man bail.
The prosecutor stated that Williams’ charges were serious and that he had allegedly tried to prevent the policeman from carrying out his duties in relation to a serious matter.
Further, accused Willliams is already on bail for other matters before the court, Reid said.
The matter was adjourned until July 16.
Williams, who was represented by attorney-at-law Arthur Holder, was then sitting in the courtroom among other accused persons. After some time, Williams got up from his seat and went quietly towards the door. He was not handcuffed at the time.
A constable, who was performing clerical duties in the courtroom, apparently saw Williams ease through the door and quickly followed him.
Reports suggest that accused Williams made his way down the stairs and across the courtyard; as he glanced back and saw the constable behind him, he began speed walking before breaking into a run. The policeman gave chase but the escapee was too far ahead by then.
When caught, the accused man is very likely to be facing an additional charge of escaping lawful custody without the use of force.