Saying he has duties to do on the streets like everybody else, street character Ninja Man today appealed to a local magistrate to release him from jail.
This after prosecutor Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds requested an adjournment in the matter in which Ninja Man, whose real name is Anthony Fitzpatrick Lynch, is accused of entering the St Michael’s Cathedral in The City, between August 6 and 8, and stealing a $125 crucifix and a $25 surge protector belonging to the church.
The well-known street character has not been able to plead to the indictable charge as it can only be tried in the High Court.
However, in his own defence today, a fed up Ninja Man told Magistrate Douglas Frederick: “Sir it seems like they don’t have no evidence pon nothing to say that I break into the church,” even as he made an accusation of his own.
“It seems like they setting me up. The last case . . . I was set up again too. They have me here now ten, 11 months and right now they don’t have no evidence, no substantial evidence, nothing so . . . and they fighting me down, they setting me up . . . . On the streets I got duties to do like everybody else,” the 64-year-old charged.
It was then the magistrate told Hinds to read between the lines of Ninja Man’s argument while suggesting that his case could not be lumped together with other pending court cases given his vulnerable situation as a street character.
“What you have to do when you have a person like this who is vulnerable you have to give it priority because he most likely does not have anyone to sign bail for him,” Frederick explained, adding that there was a possibly the accused could spend a long time in prison on remand if that was not done.
“So you’ll have to prioritize this file . . . . A person who is vulnerable has rights just like everybody . . . and we need to make sure he is not disadvantaged. So I am urging you to get this file as a matter of priority because of his vulnerable position,” the magistrate added, before adjourning the matter until August 14.
In the meantime, Ninja Man remains on remand.