Magistrate keeps word, dismisses cases
Magistrate Douglas Frederick dismissed two 2011 cases which came up for hearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
The first was against three St Michael men: Carlo Robert Taylor, 23, of Peterkin’s Land, Bank Hall; Brian Rasheen Forde, 26, of 15A Crestview Terrace, Eden Lodge and Javere Marlo Alleyne, 25, of Block 10 Patience Drive, Eden Lodge.
The trio pleaded not guilty to entering Nigel Webb’s house on April 14, 2011 and stealing clothing, belts, jewellery, sneakers and US currency, totalling $28 080.
After the prosecutor reported that efforts had been made to have the file available but it still was not, he asked for an adjournment. The Magistrate then asked the accused men to respond.
“This case was going on for years, Sir, and it ain’t going nowhere,” one said.
A second accused reminded the Magistrate: “You promised a final adjournment the last time so I was looking forward to that this time.”
“I looking for a dismissal,” he added.
The last accused recalled that “on the last occasion, you told the prosecutor man to bring the complainant”.
“If I say something, I really should be a man of my word. Otherwise, my word doesn’t mean anything,” Magistrate Frederick responded.
Another case against Ryan Christopher Leach, of #42 Clearview Drive, Wotton Terrace, Christ Church, also suffered the same fate.
Leach was charged with the July 3, 2011 offence of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting serious bodily harm on Gaynel Jackman.
When the prosecution requested an adjournment, it was denied.
“This is a matter from July 2011. That is a long time. I can’t give you a further adjournment,” Magistrate Frederick said.