A 56-year-old man has been remanded to prison for the next 28-days after appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on a theft charge.
David Orlando Ricardo Belgrave, of 4th Avenue Goodland, St Michael, admitted to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today that he entered the home of Anderson Hunte on September 12 as a trespasser and stole $179 in cash belonging to the homeowner.
The unemployed man could not enter a plea because it is alleged that he had a cutlass in his possession making the case against him indictable.
“Ma’am can you do this case as a hybrid. I don’t want it to get caught up in the court system. I would like to plead guilty. Could I have it fast track?” Belgrave asked.
The magistrate explained that the matter could only be dealt with at the High Court.
Sergeant Cameron Gibbons objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence and for the accused man’s safety as well as that of society.
“He invaded a person’s property and at the time had a weapon in his possession,” Gibbons submitted, pointing out that Belgrave had 15 prior convictions under the Theft Act.
The accused man said he was aware that his antecedents “were a lot, but it is over five years since I haven’t been in trouble with the law”.
“At this point it is only an allegation,” Belgrave added.
His application for bail was denied and he was remanded to the St Philip penal institution until November 7.