Accused had one bail appeal too many
An accused man who pleaded with a Bridgetown magistrate to allow him his freedom so he could continue to work, had his request denied Friday.
After hearing submissions from the prosecution and the defence, Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick’s main concern was that John Joseph Reeves would be on bail “not one, two nor three but four times.”
The accused, lives at Odessa McClean Drive, My Lords Hill, St Michael.
The security guard has been charged with unlawfully damaging a window belonging to Mahmed Hans on August 22 and assaulting Dwight Hunte, causing him actual bodily harm, on that same date.
The accused denied both charges.
In his objection to bail, Station Sergeant Neville Watson submitted that the accused was already on “three sets of bail” stemming from “2014, 2015 and 2016 charges”, as well as bail from the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2.
“There is the need to protect the society from this accused” along with protecting the accused himself, Watson continued.
“Having not paid due reverence and sanctity to bail,” Watson said, he felt that Reeves was not a proper candidate for such and feared that if he were to be granted bail, further allegations would arise.
He was also concerned that the incidents allegedly occurred around 2 a.m.
Agreeing that the prosecutor’s concerns were legitimate, defence counsel Shadia Simpson contended that her client maintained his innocence and reminded the court that at this stage they were “just allegations”.
The father of two currently has two jobs and was doing his best to “stay out of trouble”, the lawyer said.
She added that even though the offence was not to be trivialized, “in the grand scheme of things” damage to a window “isn’t necessarily one of the most serious offences”.
Simpson insisted that Reeves stood ready to comply with any bail conditions set by the court, as she asked that it be lenient with the accused.
However, Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick said he was concerned that the accused had been granted bail repeatedly and had been warned to stay away from the premises of one of the complainants.
Frederick remanded Reeves until September 23 and asked that the prosecution deals with the matter as expeditiously as possible.