His latest brush with the law cost a 21-year-old his freedom today and the opportunity to ring in the New Year with his pregnant girlfriend.
Jakobi Talik Germain, of 8th Avenue New Orleans, St Michael will spend the next 28 days in prison on remand after being accused of robbing Platini Forde of two chains worth $7,000 and $120 in cash on December 5.
The accused entered a not guilty plea but prosecutor Station Sergeant Carrison Henry objected to bail based on the seriousness of the charge and the fact that Germain was already on bail from the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court as well as the High Court on a firearm charge. He was due to return to court in February next year.
“It is also alleged that a firearm was used in the commission of this offence and there are fears that if granted bail now there is the likelihood of him re-offending so the prosecution is asking that he be remanded,” Henry submitted.
However, attorney-at-law Rashida Belgrave argued that her client was not facing a firearm charge and was accussed of robbery for which a magistrate could grant bail. Belgrave further claimed that Forde had given the police a statement saying he no longer wished to proceed with the matter as he got the items back.
However, there was no such document before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No. 1 District “A” Magistrates’ Court today.
“He was granted bail back in October on possession of a firearm and has been working since then. He has a girlfriend who is pregnant and he is the sole bread winner,” Belgrave noted in her bail application adding that her client would be remanded on a charge that may not “get off its feet”.
Magistrate Frederick however remanded the accused until January 25.