The man accused of stabbing a woman at Country Park Towers, St Michael, on September 17, is now on the remand block at HMP Dodds.
He is Shahid Ricardo Stephen, of Reece Land, Bush Hall Yard Gap, St Michael.
The 22-year-old was not required to plead to the indictable charge of allegedly entering the home of Akeilia Bradshaw as a trespasser on the aforementioned date and inflicting serious bodily harm on her while he was armed with a knife.
Prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim objected to bail on the grounds that Bradshaw was still hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in serious condition, the nature and seriousness of the offence and the fact that the two were previously involved in a relationship.
However attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at countered those arguments stating that his client was a “bad diabetic” since the age of seven.
“Major consideration should be given to his medical condition as we are all aware of the shortages at the prison,” Ma’at submitted.
The lawyer further explained that the two did not live in close proximity and as such would not have occasion to cross paths if the court was minded to grant bail and impose stringent conditions.
However, in reaching his decision to remand Stephen to the St Philip penal institution until October 18, Magistrate Douglas Frederick stated that there was a hospital at the prison and if the accused’s needs could not be met there then he would be given “priority” at the QEH.
“He belongs to the Government now and he will be taken care of . . . you also have nothing to prove his medical condition at this time,” the magistrate stated and explained that Stephen may be in need of protection at this point as the situation was still “hostile”.
“The lady is still in hospital . . . and she will have family looking at this . . . this thing has not cooled down as yet . . . tempers have not cooled down yet and it is alleged to have happened at her house. I can’t grant him bail at this time.
“You said that the two [were in a relationship] since second form at school . . . and that is a double-edged sword . . . they were good before . . . but look at what we have here,” the magistrate said as raised the charge sheet”.