Alleged thief Jason Omar McClean will have to face the High Court with his lawyer Mohia Ma’at for a chance at bail.
“Mr McClean is not ready to go home and be part of society and enjoy the luxury that that freedom offers. Every time he is given an opportunity to go home he comes back with a new theft charge. You are not ready,” Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant said today in rejecting his application in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
Ma’at had earlier told the court that the 37-year-old of Lewis Gap, Green Hill, St Michael, was in a “catch 22 situation”
as he was not only on remand for theft, but also serving a sentence, which expires in July.
However, the magistrate was not moved.
“Mr McClean seems to be a very busy man. He has six matters before the court and continues to come to court over and over charged for theft.
“At this point it’s either a hobby or his profession and we ought to take these matters seriously,” she said, adding that “society needs to be protected” from the accused who faces a total of six charges.
“I understand where you are coming from counsel, but under the circumstances, ‘no, Mr McClean!’ Application denied. Counsel, you will have to go elsewhere,” the magistrate added.
In addition to a charge of breaking and entering which dates back to March 2016, the accused also faces four theft charges dating back to April and May 2016, as well as one in March 2017.
In January this year, he was remanded to prison for a burglary which occurred last December.
However, he has been maintaining his innocence.