Beckles pleads not guilty to theft
A man who could not make up his mind how to plead to a theft charge, had the decision made up for him by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sergeant.
Unfortunately for Junior Nathaniel Beckles, although the magistrate entered a not guilty plea, she also remanded him to HMP Dodds.
When he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, the 49-year-old unemployed man of Combermere Street, St Michael initially could not decide which plea to enter on a charge of stealing one cell phone valued $99 belonging to Jakari Dixon on April 20, 2016.
“I plead not guilty ma’am, but I really had my mind made up to come here and plead guilty,” he told the magistrate when asked to plead.
“I haven’t been to HMP Dodds for three years and I wouldn’t like to go back.”
After he was unable to come to a decision, Cuffy-Sergeant then told him that she would enter a plea of not guilty.
However, police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid objected to the accused being released on bail, arguing that he was already on bail for other matters.
He also said that he feared if Beckles were released he would reoffend and that “society must be protected from the accused”.
In his bail application, Beckles said while he understood that the prosecution had their job to do, he was not a threat to anyone.
“It is just a mere accusation ma’am. I am not a threat to society.”
After listening to both arguments, Cuffy-Sargeant remanded him to HMP Dodds until May 19.