The two St Michael men charged with burglarizing Savings Plus Supermarket while armed with a gun and cutlass last week, say they want to take full responsibility for their actions.
Kadeem Onan Vaughn, 26, a resident of Literary Row, and Michael Lee Yearwood, 21, from 7th Avenue News Orleans, stated their positions when Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes asked them whether they had anything to say in connection with the charges that they could be granted bail on.
Yearwood stated: “I take full responsibility for everything. I can’t afford no bail.”
His co-accused, Vaughn, responded: “I wanted to plead guilty.”
However, the two were not required to plead to the indictable charge that on July 16, they entered the supermarket’s Rock Dundo, St Michael outlet as trespassers and stole $1 436.85 and a $55 cash pan, and at the time had offensive weapons, namely a firearm and a cutlass.
Yearwood is also alleged to have had two rounds of ammunition in his possession on the same date without a valid permit, as well as a gun without a valid licence.
Those two offences are also indictable and, as such, Yearwood could not enter a plea before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
He is further alleged to have assaulted Sergeant Maurico Chase to prevent the lawful apprehension of himself.
Sergeant Victoria Taitt objected to bail for the two accused, based on the serious nature of the offence and the report that they had offensive weapons in their possession in a public place.
She also pointed to the strength of the evidence against the two and said the prosecution was fearful that they would reoffend if granted bail at this time.
“It shows society needs to be protected from the accused,” Taitt stated, even as she revealed that Yearwood was not known to the court while Vaughn had seven prior convictions – six of them under the Theft Act.
Following the submissions, Chief Magistrate Weekes remanded the men, who were not represented by legal counsel, to HMP Dodds.
They will make their next appearance before the court on August 16.