A security guard has been remanded to prison until January next year, after appearing in court on two charges of sacrilege.
Andre Courtney Prescod, 30, of Storey Gap, Spooners Hill, St Michael made his first appearance before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch this afternoon, accused of entering the St Augustine Church between April 20 and 21 and stealing three televisions worth $2,400.
He is also accused of entering The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and stealing two speakers worth $3,000, two chalices worth $1,000, two patens worth $800 and a bale of tissue worth $45, belonging to St Patrick’s Cathedral, of which The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church is a branch.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges, even as the police prosecutor Sergeant Azel Skeete told the magistrate that Prescod was “joined at the hip” with two other men charged with the same offence.
“I am sorry. I am not guilty of these charges,” Prescod said.
Birch responded: “This is the wrong time of year to be accused of offences against the church.”
He then remanded Prescod to HMP Dodds until January 9, 2017.