A 31-year-old woman, of no fixed place of abode, today openly vented her frustration over the fact that she could not find a surety to post bail.
“Let me go when you let me go,” said Roseanne Elizabeth Burgess, who has been on remand at HMP Dodds since February for possession of apparatus for the misuse of cocaine.
Burgess has repeatedly denied the charge and despite telling Magistrate Douglas Frederick that she lived in Christ Church as well as Greenfield, St Michael, she had no one to vouch for her.
Asked if she could call her aunt with whom she previously lived, Burgess replied, “no sir . . . she say she not doing it”.
However, Frederick explained that she needed someone to sign bail in order to secure her attendance at court.
“I don’t live on the road . . . . They [police] picked me up where I was living in Greenfield. I have more than one option,” Burgess said.
However, the magistrate pointed out that the area she identified was a well known “drug hole”.
“Sir I did not have apparatus . . . . I was just there doing some prostituting,” Burgess revealed.
Advising her that she was making her situation worse, the magistrate said: “I can’t let you go under those circumstances. You need someone to vouch for you.”
He then ordered the prosecution to get the case moving as “this one is extraordinary and we can’t keep her forever”.