A “potentially fatal” medical condition suffered by Marlon Omar George today persuaded a magistrate to grant bail to the accused, who had been on remand for multiple burglaries.
However, George, of no known address, was forced to return to prison because his surety was deemed unsuitable.
The 31-year-old, who is accused of committing three “serious” burglaries – one in December 2016 and two in January this year – will get another opportunity on Friday when he is scheduled to return before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
He was advised to present a proper surety as his bail will be “hefty”.
George’s attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens today told the magistrate her client would be better served at home due to his medical condition, a point she sought to prove by questioning registered nurse Selwyn Alleyne, who is currently in charge of the medical unit at HMP Dodds.
Alleyne revealed that George suffers from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune illness which affects the immune system’s normal functions such as swallowing and the lifting of limbs.
He explained that George can experience “a crisis” without warning, and if left untreated the condition could be fatal, as there is no known cure, although it can be treated via injection.
Alleyne also explained that George had been to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital several times for the condition, and while the personnel at Dodds medical unit could treat the accused man, they did not function on a 24-hour basis.
Mitchell-Gittens then submitted that being at home under the circumstances was in her client’s best interest.
“This is a potentially fatal situation . . . . If he is home anybody can give it [the injection] to him,” she argued.
However, the magistrate said while he was not convinced that George could not get the necessary treatment at Dodds he would err on the side of caution.
“[The fact] that sometimes there might not be personnel on duty . . . that’s a liability I really would not want them to have to face because they open up themselves to so much liability if something happens to you, so I prefer you to be out. So if you have this condition it’s on you,” Frederick said.