HMP Dodds will be home for the next 28 days for a 46-year-old man said to have no fixed place of abode.
Noel Alexander Austin was remanded to the St Philip facility until October 6 after he appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged that he,on September 1, did serious bodily harm to Chevon Trotman with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him or do some serious bodily harm to him. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
Sergeant Victoria Taitt objected to bail for the accused based on the serious nature of offence as well as the injuries sustained by the complainant and the allegation that the offence was committed while Trotman was asleep.
The prosecutor said there was a need to protect the complainant and the society as a whole as she pointed out that Austin was known to the court with 15 prior convictions.
Sergeant Taitt submitted that while the convictions were not similar in nature, Austin had appeared in court twice this year with the last being in June where he was sentenced to two months in prison – this she said showed he had a propensity to re-offend.
She also said the accused should not be allowed bail at this time given the strength of evidence against him as the crime was allegedly caught on camera.
Fears were also expressed that Austin would not turn up for court and officials would be unable to locate him as he had no fixed place abode.