An alleged burglar, who has been on remand at Dodds prison for the last 12 months, has pleaded for his release in order to exercise his franchise in the general election, constitutionally due by the middle of this year.
However, the plea of Kemar Romal Griffith of Woodsland, Grazettes, St Michael fell on deaf ears, and he will remain at the St Philip institution.
“I got a little girl . . . and election going to be called between now and May and I want to get home to vote. I am asking for a chance,” Griffith told Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.
His application came after prosecutors revealed that the analyst in the case, who was scheduled to give evidence today, had requested more time due to office issues.
“It’s a year and some that I in jail, Sir. Under the circumstances you can give me bail,” Griffith submitted.
But the magistrate replied that he was not a fit candidate as he had already on bail six times.
Griffith, who is in his mid-twenties, is accused of trespassing on the Silver Fox arcade on October 13, 2016 and stealing a $400 safe, $10,366 in cash, a $400 laptop belonging to Palace Amusement, and an $800 cellular phone and $189.75 belonging to Che Nurse.
It is also alleged that he had a firearm at the time, as well as on October 19, 2016 when he is accused of entering the home of Robert Hawkesworth and stealing a $3,000 television, a $600 tablet, a $300 cellular phone, $300 sunglasses, a $50 car key and seven keys worth $35.
He will make his next appearance in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on February 7.