Accused fail to show despite extended day
Rumours circulating around the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Courts for the entire day were that several accused persons were on their way to make an appearance.
However, that wait came to an end at 4:45 p.m. when the sitting magistrate eventually called it a day. That was because the accused were still not present in court by then.
Policemen, attorneys, reporters, court staff, relatives of the accused and photographers on the outside, all waited for the seven accused who have been charged with a number of burglaries and gun-related offences.
By 4 p.m., when all the other matters had already been dealt with, someone commented that the accused were not yet present in court and suggested an adjournment until tomorrow. The lone female accused among the group was the only one there at that time.
However, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant decided to wait.
She rose from the bench and returned later. The accused were still not there.
A check was made and a policeman returned and informed the court that the accused would be there in five minutes. Again, the magistrate opted to wait.
By 4.45 p.m., with frustration clearly etched on the faces of some, the magistrate again rose.
“Okay! That’s it,” she said. “Tomorrow”. She then adjourned the court.