Serial ‘thief’ denied bail
A man with a penchant for theft was remanded yesterday after he appeared in court accused of committing three more.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick remanded Peter Anthony Barnes of Reed Street, St. Michael to prison when he went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
Barnes denied all three theft charges; that he stole a $400 cellular phone belonging to Lionel Murray on May 10; soaps, deodorants and a cream from Rachel’s Health & Beauty on February 10 and a cellular phone and cigarettes after breaking into Stall No 2 on May 9. Those items belonged to Helen Williams-Marshall and were worth $306. 50.
Station Sergeant Neville Watson objected to bail, stating that the accused was already on bail on a similar charge, today’s charges were on sequential dates and he feared that if granted bail Barnes would reoffend.
The prosecutor added that both the accused and the society needed to be protected.
In response, Barnes told the court that he was a drug-user and wants help.
He will return to court on June 9.