A self-employed man appeared before a Bridgetown court today accused of three offences but only had one to answer to – thanks to his ex-girlfriend.
Hussayn Jamal Burrowes, of 4th Avenue Alkins Land, Bush Hall, St Michael, was accused of stealing a cellular phone worth $845 belonging to Tasha Lovell as well as unlawfully and maliciously wounding her on July 16.
He pleaded not guilty to the two charges as well as that of damaging a motor van belonging to Duane Davis on August 20.
The prosecutor, Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds, objected to bail for the accused man on the grounds that he was already on bail for another charge before Magistrate Douglas Frederick and for the protection of society.
But defence attorney Marlon Gordon argued that Burrowes was a good candidate for bail as the two cases were different.
“He also received injuries in the process . . . . Let’s not penalize him because of his antecedents because the matters are not similar. It is usually the case that when you are already in trouble people prey on you and put you in further trouble,” the lawyer submitted, adding the Lovell was his client’s former girlfriend.
It was at this point that Burrowes intervened, saying that he wanted to assist with his defence.
“She is not my girlfriend at this current point; she was my girlfriend back then,” he said even as he revealed that Lovell was his surety on the previous pending matter.
Magistrate Frederick pointed out that the development put a different spin on things and he now had to find out whether Lovell wanted to continue as his surety, given that she had lodged two criminal charges against him.
The matter was stood down and Lovell was summoned to court where she told the magistrate she wished to remain not only as the accused man’s surety but also did not wish to proceed with the complaints against him.
The cases were therefore dismissed but the other charge involving Davis remained.
He was granted $2,500 bail, which was secured by another surety, and told to return before the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on December 3.