Permission was granted by Magistrate Douglas Frederick and, as a result, Jason Omar Albert ended up having to go to jail because he had no one else present to sign his bail.
The 30-year-old unlawfully entered the premises of Popular Discounts supermarket on June 1 after being forbidden to do so by Euphyne Bascombe, the occupier. He also assaulted her on that same date.
After initially denying both charges when he went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, Albert later changed his plea.
The magistrate took the unemployed man’s drug habit into consideration and he was sent to the Psychiatric Hospital for an assessment and to determine his suitability for Verdun House.
By August 19, officials from the Drug Rehabilitation Programme at Verdun House confirmed that Albert could participate but had walked out of the programme.
When Magistrate Frederick questioned him about it today, Albert said persons at Verdun “asked me to sign an accountability form for things I was dishonestly accused of,” and further, “I was given an ultimatum to either sign it or leave, so I left”.
“I did not want it to be perceived that I was trying to flee,” he added, explaining that after leaving he made his way to a police station.
“I felt that I had to stand up for myself in that situation because I was tired of people walking all over me . . . I was not insubordinate or anything, Your Honour,” Albert explained.
“Who do you have to sign as surety?” asked Magistrate Frederick.
“I have not reached out to anyone to do so, Your Honour,” he replied.
“Well, have a seat and reach out to someone, otherwise you know where you are going,” Frederick advised.
However, no one came to stand as surety for Albert and he was remanded until October 6.