Four St Michael men, accused of severely beating Omar Smith on March 20,2016, with intent to maim, disfigure, or disable him, were granted bail today.
Shem Winston Barker, a 23-year-old store owner of Military Road; Kamar O’Neal Blackman, a 26-year-old plumber of Hunte’s Street; along with two unemployed men – 52-year-old Junior Nathaniel Beckles of Combermere Street and 30-year-old Deshawn Adonis Quarless of Harmony Hall- were each released on $8,000 bail when they appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
They were not required to plead to the indictable charge of inflicting serious bodily harm to Smith. However, they were ordered to report to a police station every Tuesday and Thursday before 9 a.m.
It proved to be a particularly trying day for Quarless, who also had to fork out $1,500 in fines after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis, which was in breach of his 18-month bond.
That bond was set to expire on April 10, 2016.
Cuffy-Sargeant fined him $750 forthwith for both offences.
The fines were paid.
The quartet is due to return to court on April 1.