Information from an accused woman’s attorney that she had been crying since being remanded to HMP Dodds last Friday was not enough to convince Bridgetown Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to released her on bail.
In fact 18-year-old Toshia Abika Auguste, of Harrison’s Tenantry, Crab Hill, St Lucy was remanded to prison for a further 28-days despite submissions by her legal counsel Brian Clarke.
Auguste is charged with providing a place of abode for Stefon Greaves, with intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution, knowing or believing that he had committed murder.
She appeared before Cuffy-Sargeant for the first time today but was not required to plead to the indictable charge which allegedly occurred on October 30.
Acting Station Sergeant Cameron Gibbons objected to bail for the accused who is unknown to the court, on the grounds that she might interfere with the wheels of justice, the serious nature of the offence and based on the public’s interest.
However, Clarke argued that there was no credibility to the prosecutor’s objection that the client would likely re-offend. He stated that the accused had strong family ties and the court could grant bail with conditions to assure her attendance at court.
The defence attorney further explained that his client who had been crying since she was remanded by the Holetown Magistrate’s Court last Friday “wants the opportunity to prove her innocence”.
However, the magistrate ruled in favour of the prosecution and remanded Auguste to prison until December 4.
Niko Nathan Archer of Grape Hall, St Lucy was also remanded until that date after making an unsuccessful bail application.
Archer appeared before Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant accused of harbouring Greaves with intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution, knowing or believing that he had committed murder.
The offence is also alleged to have occurred on October 30 but prosecutor Gibson put forward similar objections to bail for Archer who was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
However, the accused told the magistrate that he was unaware of what was happening and did not harbour Greaves as he was not wanted.
That application was not enough to secure his release.