A 29-year-old St Michael man today pleaded not guilty to assault and drug charges in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
However, it would be Tonio Thelstone Garnes’ failure to appear in court on a previous charge that would land him behind bars for a week.
Garnes of Cypress Street is charged with threatening to shoot Tanya Deshong in her face on June 9.
He is also charged with having cocaine in his possession on July 5 with intent to supply and traffic the illegal drug.
However, when it came time for bail Police Prosecutor Neville Watson objected on the grounds that Garnes had several antecedents.
Watson also revealed that there was a warrant out for Garnes’ arrest. The court was informed that the accused failed to show up for court after he was granted $5,000 bail, which was signed by a “friend” on his behalf on another matter.
“And you ain’t come back to court!” Magistrate Frederick exclaimed.
“If your [surety] . . . is such a good friend and pays $2,500 now and willing to pay the bail [for these charges] then I will grant you bail.”
However, Garnes told the magistrate he did not know where his surety was, or how to contact him.
“Well, according to you, he is your friend. He is supposed to know where you are. You are not a good candidate for bail . . . because I don’t want to put someone in that situation . . . and there is a note that the surety wants to withdraw,” Frederick said, adding, “That’s the only thing holding you. Get your girlfriend or whoever to bring the surety here.”
Garnes was remanded until July 15.