Accused Jahbarrie Kimar Lionel Walcott has described as a “set up” a five-month-old criminal charge brought against him.
It is alleged that the 31-year-old from 4th Avenue Alleyne’s Land, Bush Hall, St Michael entered the house of Mashauna Thompson as a trespasser with intent to inflict bodily harm upon Shane Carrington and had a firearm with him at the time.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which reportedly occurred on August 5, 2020.
Police Constable Sayleen Hinds in addressing Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence. She submitted that while Walcott had no previous convictions he was on bail from the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on three serious charges namely rape, endangering life and serious bodily harm.
“This offence is alleged to have been committed while on bail,” the prosecutor said. She said there were fears that the accused would re-offend.
In his application for bail however Walcott informed Weekes that the rape charge against him had been dismissed. “I don’t have no rape case at District ‘A’, ever since that get dismissed. That is a fabrication,” he stated but admitted that the endangering life charge was still pending.
“The allegation . . . before the court right now is a false allegation,” said Walcott who also claimed that “my child mother take way my money . . . tief my $3 000. Witnesses were there and I did not go into that place . . . . This is a set up.”
Attorney-at-law Damien Sands later appeared on Walcott’s behalf. He told the court that the charge was a mere allegation and Walcott was innocent until proven otherwise. The lawyer also argued that the prosecution had not put forward any submission that suggested that Walcott, who is already reporting to a police station, would not turn up for his court dates or breach bail conditions.
Their applications were unsuccessful and Walcott was remanded to St Ann’s Fort until February 8. The facility at the Barbados Defence Force’s headquarters is being used as the Dodds prison battles an outbreak of COVID-19 at the St Philip institution.