Magistrate concerned about gun offences
As far as acting Magistrate Alliston Seale is concerned, there are way too many firearm matters coming before the law courts.
He made the remarks while considering bail for Rio Richian Benn who was accused of entering Deandra Foster’s home as a trespasser with a gun on October 22, 2014, intending to cause her serious bodily harm.
Seale said he was concerned with the alleged possession and use of guns.
However, attorney-at-law Allan Carter said the court had to be “extremely careful” in determining whether an accused should be remanded and for how long.
He said the court needed to avoid a situation where “anybody can say somebody had a firearm” and almost be guaranteed that that person would lose his or her freedom by being remanded.
As he pleaded for bail for his client, Carter said the 23-year-old had community ties and a mother with a
“There is nothing to say that he is of a bad character and has a lot of other charges,” Carter argued.
Benn, a resident of Upper Dukes Alley, Vine Street, St Michael, was eventually released on $25,000 bail.
His case has been adjourned until April 17.