A 31-year-old man will spend the remainder of the Christmas season at HMP Dodds after appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on two serious charges.
Jamar Omar Welch, of Rockhampton Road, Grazettes, St Michael, is accused of entering the home of Nicholas Mentore as a trespasser and stealing a cellular phone worth $300 and $220 cash on December 13.
He is also accused of engaging in unlawful and malicious conduct, while armed with a firearm, which placed Mentore in danger of death or serious bodily harm.
Based on the serious nature of the charges, the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, strongly objected to his bail.
“This matter invokes aspects of public safety as the virtual complainant in this matter had to flee from his dwelling,” Pilgrim said.
He also informed Magistrate Douglas Frederick that another man was being sought in connection with the case, while arguing that Welch could compromise the police’s investigation if granted bail at this time.
Welch’s attorney Kristin Turton, in countering that submission, told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that the prosecutor had not presented any “real basis” for her client’s bail to be denied.
She also pointed out that no firearm had been recovered and that Welch was not charged for use of a gun.
In fact, Turton argued that her client was the real victim in the case.
“Police arrested my client at the hospital [after] he was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state,” Turton said, while contending that the evidence against him was weak.
“My client is adamant that he is innocent of those charges . . . and is a perfect candidate for bail,” she stressed.
Today, Welch also took the opportunity to address the magistrate, saying that he was gainfully employed and was a major provider for his family.
“This case is full of discrepancies . . . [and] I hope that my truth will penetrate the universe,” the accused man added.
However, the magistrate pointed out that while Welch was not known to the court the allegations against him were very serious and police needed time to conduct their investigations.
He was therefore remanded until January 12.