A reportedly new development in the case of Dave Fedel Aristide James vs Lamar Thompson yesterday forced an adjournment to allow the police prosecutor to contact his colleagues for details.
The adjournment came after James’ attorney, Sian Lange, had put forward a new bail application before the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on the basis that Thompson, the virtual complainant, was now “wanted by the police” in relation to the case.
According to the facts, James, who is on remand at HMP Dodds, is accused of robbing Thompson of a chain valued at $20, one cellular phone worth $339 and $90 in Barbados currency.
However, Lange argued that based on the circumstances, her 22-year-old client, who resides at Brereton, St Philip, was seeking bail.
While admitting that James has previous convictions, she argued that her client had paid his debt to society by serving his sentences.
“His family has been under some serious hardship since [he has been] at Dodds,” the attorney said, adding that James was one of the two main bread winners of his family.
“If granted bail, he will comply with all the conditions as he is anxious to get back to his family and contribute financially,” she argued.
Police prosecutor, Theodore McClean, objected to bail. However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick, said: “This [new information about the virtual complainant] was a game changer.”
He then adjourned the case until June 27, 2016, in order for the prosecutor to verify the new information.