Despite the magistrate’s willingness to grant him bail, Nicky O’neal Boyce still found himself being remanded to HMP Dodds after his surety did not turn up in time.
The 31-year-old of 4th Avenue, Skeete’s Road, St Michael, pleaded not guilty to two charges when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
Boyce denied that between August 10 and 11, 2018 he stole a bonnet valued $400 belonging to Patrick Lovell.
He also pleaded not guilty to stealing a car battery, a bumper, one park light and two headlamps, a total value of $636.56, belonging to Tyrone Walters sometime between August 14 and 15, 2018.
Boyce was not required to plead to the charge of wounding Chris Clairmonte on July 26, 2018.
Prosecutor police constable Kevin Forde objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offences and that the accused man had a propensity to re-offend based on his antecedents.
The prosecutor also revealed that the complainant in the wounding matter had received serious injuries including lacerations to his body and a fractured skull.
Forde said Boyce was also already on bail.
In his brief bail application, Boyce said, “I would like some bail so I can go back home with my family. My brother just died and my girlfriend is two months pregnant.”
He told the court that while he had been charged with other persons in relation to the offences before the court, they all had been granted bail.
Boyce also pointed out that the man whom he was charged for wounding was currently on remand at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Frederick suggested that with the wounding complainant already in prison, no harm could be done in granting Boyce bail, noting that they would be apart from each other.
In fact, he said it would be more likely for them to “clash” if they were both on remand at the same time.
He then asked the accused man if he had anyone present to sign his bail, with Boyce saying that his girlfriend was on her way to court.
However, by the end of the day’s proceedings, she had not yet come.
The magistrate then remanded him to prison until February 4.