Burglary accused Dwayne Elmore Cumberbatch today asked for his cases to be heard in a different court, after saying he was “feeling tension” in the District ‘A’ Criminal Court No. 2.
Cumberbatch, of no fixed placed of abode, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, accused of entering Jireh’s Fashion as a trespasser on three different occasions last month and stealing $7,220 in items.
It is alleged that between June 16 and 17, he stole 18 watches, one haversack, three purses, 48 earrings, three bangles and five display stands.
The 29 year-old unemployed man was also charged with entering the store between June 20 and 21 and stealing 83 earrings, six watches, three chains, 18 belts and a bag.
He is further accused of entering the same business between June 26 and 27, and stealing 16 belts and 40 pairs of earrings.
Cumberbatch pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
Station Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls objected to bail, based on the seriousness of the charges, that the accused was already on bail for a previous charge of a similar nature, and that society had to be protected from him.
In response, Cumberbatch requested that his matter be tried in a different court, stating that he was “feeling tension in the court”.
“I am not on any bail, Ma’am, and I would like to get another court Ma’am. I feel a lot of tension. The prosecutor [has] something against me,” he said.
However, in denying Cumberbatch’s request, Cuffy-Sargeant replied: “You feeling tension because you come back in this court with three new charges for similar offences.”
She remanded the accused until August 4.