Four relatives were remanded to HMP Dodds today after appearing in a Bridgetown court charged with committing serious bodily harm against three neighbours.
The accused, all of Highland No. 1, St. Philip, are Marson Roosevelt Luke, a 68-year-old retiree; Romel Omar Oneal Griffith, a 32-year-old student; Rickeal Camaro Applewaithe, a 24-year-old merchandiser; and Henderson Roosevelt Griffith, a 44-year-old mason.
The quartet appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2 this afternoon. They were not required to answer the charges but will do so before acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch on Thursday.
In objecting to bail, Sergeant Neville Reid submitted that the incident arose out of a longstanding land dispute in which police had intervened on several occasions.
“Despite that, the parties have been charged with violent offences,” the prosecutor said.
Reid told the court that all the parties in the dispute were neighbours and he feared that if the accused were released, there could be an escalation of violence.
Kevin Miller, counsel for all four accused, told the court that based on his information, the complainants were the aggressors and the incident took place on his clients’ premises.
He contended that the charge before the court was “a weak one” and the accused ought to be granted bail with reasonable conditions attached, such as staying away from the complainants.
He reminded the court that the overriding concern in granting bail was whether the accused would turn up for court as required.
Continuing his bail application, Miller pointed out that Luke was a pensioner who sufferd from diabetes while Henderson Griffith was the main financial provider for his four children. He also said Griffith had no matters pending before the courts.
In relation to Rommel Griffith, he said he was currently pursuing studies through the Skills Training Programme, had no priors nor pending matters and was the father of one minor child.
Applewaithe, he said, was gainfully employed as a merchandiser.