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King held for indecent assault

COURT TODAY BLOCKA Josey Hill, St Lucy resident was not required to plead to indecently assaulting a woman on June 8 this year.

When Troy Antonio King went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant read the charge to him.

Sergeant Neville Reid then asked the court to deny bail.

The prosecutor based his application on the grounds that “the citizens of the country need to be protected from the accused, particularly females”.

Reid went on to explain that King was already on bail on a similar 2014 charge.

He said “the accused would have committed the alleged offence in public on Broad Street, which shows that he really is indeed a threat to the public.”

He made no attempt to conceal his actions, Reid commented.

Mohia Ma’at, attorney for the accused man, said that his client was gainfully employed as a truck driver since 2006 and was of value to his workplace.

Despite the fact that the accused was on bail, the current charge “still stands as only an allegation”, Ma’at said. He asked the court to remand King to the Psychiatric Hospital rather than HMP Dodds for an evaluation.

The lawyer likened King’s situation to a flat tyre, where “you can patch it or repair it, but if the thorn remains inside you will always get a flat tyre”.

Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant remanded King to HMP Dodds and adjourned the matter until July 14.

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