Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Carrison Henry today argued that a 20-year-old accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding a coconut vendor on Graeme Hall Road, near Top Rock, Christ Church must be remanded to HMP Dodds in the interest of public safety.
Timeko Teriq Layne, of Block 11C, Wotton Terrace, Christ Church is accused of committing the act against Shamar Toby on October 21 with intent to maim, disfigure, or disable him or to do some serious bodily harm to him.
Police say 28-year-old Toby is currently nursing an injury to the chest after he was shot on the aforementioned date.
The 20-year-old accused was not required to plead to the indictable charge when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this afternoon with his attorney-at-law Rasheed Belgrave.
The prosecution in objecting to bail told the magistrate that the complainant was still hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in “serious but stable” condition. Henry also pointed to the seriousness of the charge and the fact that the “accused used a firearm” to commit the offence.
“There was an altercation . . . he went home . . . came back armed and committed the offence in the presence of other vendors and other persons . . . ,” the prosecutor submitted.
However, in applying for bail Belgrave revealed that his client “was not the aggressor . . . it is my information that it was six on one. There is CCTV footage showing six persons running Layne,” Belgrave stated, adding that the charge before the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court was for wounding and not that of a firearm.
The attorney further submitted that his client was presently enrolled at skills training doing masonry, had no previous convictions and was “not a laid back, lackadaisical [but] an industrious” young man.
However, Magistrate Frederick told Belgrave this was “a hard case for bail” given the circumstances and the public’s interest.
“It is alleged that a firearm was used and although the charge does not say so “this is a hard one”.
Layne was then remanded to prison until November 21.