Robert DaCosta Walker today tried to convince a Bridgetown magistrate to grant him bail because he “ain’t went nowhere and rob nobody,” and was the “most perfect husband”. His application was denied.
The 50-year-old, of No. 36 Seclusion Gardens, Black Rock, St Michael is accused of robbing Vincent Benn of a $40 chain on Easter Sunday, April 12.
“Ma’am, I don’t know much about this here but I know that I did not rob nobody. I charged for a chain for $40 . . . $40. Ma’am, I have jewelry home that the cheapest of my jewelry worth more than $40,” the unemployed man said in his bail application. This was after the lawyer he claimed was representing him informed the court that she had not been “properly retained” in the matter.
After pleading not guilty to the charge read by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, the accused went on to tell the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court he did not know anything about the complainant in the case.
“Nobody never bring nobody in the police station and say that I rob them or nothing. I get charged for this robbery, for this man chain because a woman say that she saw somebody get in a vehicle that I was driving. Nobody aint come in the police station and identify me and say I rob he or nothing like that ma’am. And $40, a chain for $40 ma’am?” the accused queried.
He added: “Ma’am, since I have been before you I have been the most perfect husband out ma’am. I don’t leave home, I don’t go nowhere. I does tek care of my son and my wife. My wife does go to work. I does do all the cooking, the washing, everything. If you have access to my phone you will see that the people from my son’s school does call me and give me all the directions and stuff on how to deal with my son, ma’am . . . my son get to the point where he can do things for he self . . . but still needs some more training ma’am.”
Walker’s submissions came after Station Sergeant Cameron Gibbons objected to granting him bail on several grounds including the seriousness of the charge, the need for society to be protected from the accused and the fact that police were still seeking other persons in connection with the robbery and, if released on bail, the accused could interfere with investigations. The prosecutor also stated that the accused had seven previous convictions.
“The robbery occurred during the 24-hour curfew, although he was not given that charge,” the prosecutor stated, adding that Walker was presently on bail from the same court on another matter.
Walker was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds until May 14.