An accused man who is currently on remand at HMP Dodds on a gun charge yesterday pleaded for urgent medical attention to remove four bullets from his body.
Nealson Oneal Mason of Dash Gap, Hindsbury Road, St Michael told the District “A” No 1 Court presided over by Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick he had yet to get proper attention since being incarcerated.
“I can’t communicate with my family, I can’t communicate with my lawyer, can’t get medical attention; I have four gunshot wounds; one leaking information, one or two catching gangrene. I am seeking medical assistance.
“I would like you to talk to your superiors to see if you can orchestrate some bail for me because I have been remanded for 28 months,” Mason, who is charged with possession of a firearm without a valid licence, told the magistrate.
That offence allegedly occurred on May 18, 2014.
However, Frederick explained that Mason was facing a firearm offence and as such was not liable for bail.
The Acting Chief Magistrate advised the accused to speak with his attorney on the matter as he “may have compelling reasons” to be granted bail. However, Frederick said Mason needed evidence, such as a medical certificate, to prove his case.
“You can’t just come and tell the court that you have a gunshot wound that is getting more serious. You have to produce the paper from a doctor. I can’t grant you bail just like that,” Frederick said.
Mason then asked that he be transferred to the Psychiatric Hospital where he can get “medical attention and security at the same time, and get the medication that the doctor prescribed for me”.
After advising Mason to again seek the advice of his attorney on the matter, the magistgrate adjourned the case until October 6.
Still, Mason had one final plea.
“And Sir, I would like an inquiry into the prison service,” he said as he left the prisoner’s dock.