To say that Ricardo Sylvester Knight has a liking for other people’s cell phones would be an understatement.
Of the 19 charges read to him this afternoon by Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, 16 of them were for stealing cell phones.
And despite pleading not guilty to all of the charges, the 38-year-old unemployed man of Stephenson Land, Kew Road, Bank Hall, St Michael was remanded to HMP Dodds.
Knight is accused of stealing one cell phone on March 16, 2016 valued $100, one cell phone and case worth $625 on March 23, 2016, one cell phone and case valued $545 on March 23, 2016, one cell phone on August 6, 2015 valued $450, one cell phone worth $1,200 on June 9, 2015, one cell phone on September 11, 2015 valued $826.38, one cellular phone and case on March 5, 2016 valued $835, breaking into Shamrock Cooperative Credit Union and stealing one cell phone valued $600 on September 18, 2015, one cell phone and earphones on April 8, 2016 valued $1,060, one cell phone and case valued $1,050 on January 3, 2016, one cell phone and case on August 19, 205 valued $1,235 one cell phone on July 22, 2015 valued $438, one cell phone valued $600 on January 13, 2016, one cell phone on July 22, 2016 valued $600, one cell phone on August 28, 2015 valued $700, one cell phone valued $1,200 on November 27, 2015, one cell phone and case on December 19, 2015 valued $1,550.
He is also accused of using threatening words to Yvonne Young on February 17,2016, unlawfully assaulting Sandra Herbert on February 17, 2016 and assaulting Rhanda Williams with intent to rob on September 8, 2015.
In objecting to bail, Station Sergeant Neville Watson argued that he had antecedents dating back to 2003, clearly targeted females, and that there was a need to protect society from persons such as Knight.
He also revealed that Knight was already on bail, and said he feared that if he released further allegations of a similar nature may arise.
There was very little Knight’s attorney Roy Hurley could say in his client’s defense.
“Maybe some strict conditions attached to his bail, or for strict curfew conditions?” he asked.
But Frederick dismissed those suggestions, saying that any argument he could put forward in Knight’s case had been addressed by the prosecution.
“No amount of polish can make mud shine like a diamond. In your case, there is nothing your lawyer could argue for you to get bail,” he told the accused, before remanding him until May 12.