A reputed thief, who appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today charged with two criminal offences, has been released on $2,500 bail.
Narie Leslie Hinds, of King Street, St Michael, is accused of loitering around Armstrong Agencies on Boxing Day, with intent to commit theft. He is further accused of having in his possession on that same day, articles for the use in connection with burglary, namely a screwdriver and two pairs of wire cutters.
Although, he pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today, the prosecutor, Station Sergeant Neville Reid, objected to Hinds’ bail, based on his antecedents which show that he has a propensity to commit theft.
As such, the prosecutor said, it was feared that he would reoffend.
Reid also pointed out that Hinds was already on bail and had not made any of his scheduled court appearances. Therefore, he said, it was very unlikely that he would attend court in the future.
However, in his application, Hinds said that the pending case was a matter dating back to 2011, which he thought “was done”.
The 51-year-old car washer also told the magistrate that his antecedents should not be used against him as he had already paid his debts to society and currently had a two-month-old baby “to work for”.
He then presented his surety to the court, but when she took to the witness stand the woman said she “washed [her] hands” of Hinds. She explained that she was already taking care of his son and that she had warned him about what would happen if he found himself in trouble with the law.
“I dun with you. I gone,” the prospective surety said, as she walked out of the courtroom.
Despite this, Hinds was able to get another surety to post bail on his behalf.
However, he must be indoors between 8p.m. and 6a.m. daily.
Hinds returns to court on April 16.