A 25-year-old man was remanded to prison today after appearing before a Bridgetown Court on two charges.
It is alleged that Mario Leon Harris of Barlett Tenantry, Sargeants Village, Christ Church unlawfully assaulted Hazel Lashley on September 14 and also stole from her a $65 bag, a $35 purse, US$425 and CND$70 in cash.
Harris, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Angella Mitchell-Gittens, denied the charges after Magistrate Douglas Frederick read them to him.
However, Station Sergeant Neville Reid objected to the accused man’s bail based on the “strength [and] compelling evidence before the court”.
The prosecutor also argued that there was need to protect society from Harris as his antecedents showed he had a propensity for such offences.
“Efforts are still being made to recover the property and we believe if granted bail he will frustrate those efforts,” Reid added.
However, Mitchell-Gittens countered that argument saying that “if anything was going to be recovered it would have been recovered already.
“If there was a realistic hope that items would be recovered from him then he would be kept longer by police,” the lawyer argued saying the prosecutor had contradicted himself by stating that the evidence was compelling and yet police were still trying to recover items.
Frederick, in making his decision, said the combined objections of the prosecutor were “very strong” and the police needed time to complete their investigation, pointing out that the accused man was already on bail.
He then remanded Harris to prison to return to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on October 24.
And although Harris was cautioned not to say anything, he reported that “I was at work when that thing happen Sir.”
“How do you know when it happened?” the magistrate queried, saying that only a date was given not a time.