Magistrate Douglas Frederick gave an alleged burglar “the benefit of the doubt” Thursday after the accused pleaded for a chance to prove himself.
Davion Renaldo Davidson Layne of Waldrond Village, Christ Church is accused of entering the home of George Richards on June 12 and stealing $240.
The 23-year-old denied the charge levelled against him, and prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock objected to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court granting him bail based on the serious nature of the offence.
“It’s a serious invasion of one’s privacy at one’s home,” Rock said.
He also referred to the man’s previous convictions, which included possession of cannabis, loitering and receiving stolen property.
However, Layne told Magistrate Frederick: “I pay the consequences of the actions that I did already. I supposed to start a job from Monday.”
In his application for bail, he also told the magistrate that he would welcome the opportunity to “show I am not a threat to society”.
“I would like you, the prosecutor and any other person to give me the benefit of the doubt, Sir. . . . I would take any conditions,” Layne added.
The magistrate granted Layne his wish, but attached conditions to his release.
The accused, who was granted $3,000 bail and ordered to return to court on September 27, must now report to Central Police Station every Wednesday before 10 a.m. with valid identification, and adhere to a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily curfew.
“You are an alleged burglar, so I am taking you off the streets at that time,” the magistrate told Layne.
“I don’t have any problem with that, Sir,” was the accused’s reply.
In another matter, a man who reported that a burglary was committed at his house on June 14, had to part with $300 Thursday after saying he was no longer interested in pursuing the case.
Mikhail Aijen Holder, 26, and Theophilus Theo Holder, 23, both of Godding Road, Station Hill, St Michael allegedly entered the house of Jeff Clarke as trespassers and stole $440, and at the time of the incident had with them offensive weapons, namely stones and bottles.
But Clarke told the magistrate Thursday he was done with the matter.
Before the case could be dismissed and the accused men allowed to go free, however, the complainant had to hand over $300 in costs to the court, which was paid.