After the complainant in a matter gave evidence in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, accused Danny Rico Kirton had no questions for the witness.
Kirton, 20, who was unrepresented by counsel and is of no fixed place of abode, is accused of robbing Justin Waterman of a gold chain valued at $900 on October 1, 2012.
Asked by presiding Magistrate Douglas Frederick whether he was certain he did not want to cross-examine Waterman, Kirton again said no.
Once again, Magistrate Frederick prodded the accused, telling him of his right to
cross-examine the complainant, but Kirton refused a third time.
When the magistrate then asked if he could consider what the complainant had said as “the gospel truth”, Kirton replied: “Dah is wuh he say. Dah ain’ wuh I say.”
“Well, ask him questions about what he said then,” Frederick responded.
“I want a lawyer to deal wid dis hay . . . I didn’t know it was starting today, Sir,” Kirton said.
“From 2012 until now and you now want a lawyer?” the magistrate asked. “When did you expect the matter would start?”
“This is a 2012 matter and you had from 2012 to get a lawyer,” he went on.
Magistrate Frederick decided, however, to grant Kirton until March 10 to get his house in order.
“If you don’t have a lawyer by then, we are moving full steam ahead,” he warned Kirton.