Nineteen-year-old Jah Rastafari Jones was today remanded to HMP Dodds, less than 24 hours after being released on bail from the St Philip penal institution.
Jones, who is recorded on the police charge sheet as having no fixed place of abode, appeared before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court for allegedly committing theft yesterday. The offence allegedly occurred on the same day he was granted bail on another charge.
The unemployed man is accused of stealing a cellular phone worth $1 494. 78 and a cellular phone case worth $12.46.
He denied the charges.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Carrison Henry objected to bail because the accused was on bail from the same court.
“Just yesterday he was granted bail. . . . Although it’s a mere allegation . . . any offence is serious and if he had respect for the court, having been granted bail and given certain conditions, he would not have found himself in this situation accused of such an offence,” the prosecutor said.
In response, Jones told the magistrate that he went “on the block to get something to smoke”.
“I don’t know how I get this charge here, Sir,” he added.
However, the magistrate was not pleased that Jones was back before him, noting the that he had gone against his “better judgement” and granted bail the first time.
“I recognized that you are one of those persons who came from particularly disturbing circumstances . . . But just to make sure that you do not remain in prison indefinitely, because you have no one, I decided against my better judgement to exercise my discretion in your favour,” Seale said.
“The pen ink on my signature has not yet dried on that bail . . . . I gave you a chance and you blew it. You didn’t blow it next month, next year . . . but you blew it within hours.”
Informing Jones that his chances were “now gone”, Seale remanded the teen into custody until November 29.