Man must pay court for not showing up
Rico Akeem Hepburn should have attended court on January 14 but failed to do so, and for that he had to hand over $150.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick today ordered the Pelican Drive, St Martins, St Philip resident to pay that amount in costs to the court, and withdrew the warrant of arrest that had been issued when he did not show up for his matter.
Hepburn is charged with unlawfully wounding Stephen Gittens with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him in October 2012.
When Hepburn appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today, Magistrate Frederick asked him to explain his absence on January 14.
The man said he had the date recorded as January 4.
“Where did you get that date from?” the magistrate asked.
“My child mother,” Hepburn replied.
“So why would you have to get a date from her in a matter that involves you?” Frederick further asked.
The accused explained that he sometimes forgot things because he was so busy, so he relied on her to keep him up-to-date.
“But you shouldn’t be relying on anybody else for a court date,” Magistrate Frederick said.
“That means that we can’t rely on you to be here then?”
Hepburn was then ordered to pay costs to the court for missing his original date and informed that he was next expected back in court on March 26.
But just before the accused man left the dock, he had a question for the magistrate.
“What is the date again, Sir?”
It was then that Magistrate Frederick advised Hepburn to write the information down before he got himself “in trouble”.