Juice vendor Shaddrie Sheldon Dacosta Marshall was remanded to Dodds today, despite a rigorous application by his attorney for him to be released on bail pending trial on wounding and assault charges.
It is alleged that the 29-year-old resident of Kings Street, St Michael, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Kenico Goring on February 4 and assaulted Chalise Walkes on the same day. He is also accused of causing serious bodily harm to Goring the following day, with intent to maim, disfigure, disable him, or to do some serious bodily harm to him.
Marshall, who already has 23 convictions to his name, was not required to plead to the two indictable charges relating to Goring, but he denied committing any crime against Walkes.
However, Sergeant Theodore McClean objected to his bail release, based on the nature and seriousness of the charges and also to protect society as well as the accused himself. He argued that Marshall was currently on bail and it was the Crown’s fear he would not return to court as he had been apprehended at the Grantley Adams International Airport on February 10, as he was about to board a flight to Canada.
McClean said there were also concerns that Marshall would interfere with his alleged victims if granted bail.
However, Marshall’s attorney, Shadia Simpson, submitted that there was no evidence before the court that her client was a danger to society, noting that the charges stemmed from a domestic situation.
She said there was also no evidence that he would reoffend, as his prior convictions had nothing to do with violence. Simpson also submitted that Marshall, who has a burglary charge pending in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court, had been present for all his court dates.
The accused then informed Magistrate Douglas Frederick that he was visiting Canada for three weeks and would be back in the country before his March 13 court date. He said his surety was aware of his travel plans although he did not inform the Holetown Court.
The lawyer then requested the court to look favourably on her client and grant him bail under any conditions.
However, the prosecutor further submitted that Marshall had put the immediate family of one of his alleged victims at risk, and the other complainant had to spend five days in hospital.
After weighing the submissions, Frederick ruled in the prosecution’s favour and remanded Marshall to Dodds until March 12.