St Joseph man charged with harassment

COURT TODAY BLOCKJust weeks ago, Carlton Austin Moore went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on a charge of committing an act of serious indecency against a teenaged girl, and was granted bail at that time.

Yesterday, he returned before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the same court charged with harassing a girl in Swan Street, The City.

Moore, of St Elizabeth New Road, St Joseph, pleaded not guilty to the new charge.

Sergeant Neville Reid objected to bail on the grounds that Moore already had outstanding matters before the court, the complainant was a minor and society needed to be protected from the accused.

The prosecutor also mentioned Moore’s recent charge.

In his application for bail, attorney-at-law Oliver Thomas reminded the court that another magistrate had already offered Moore bail on Saturday but no surety had been available at the time.

Thomas remarked that even though there might be a reasonable belief by the prosecutor that Moore would re-offend, that was not sufficient to deny Moore bail.

There were other grounds to be considered, the defence lawyer submitted, including the likelihood of Moore not returning to court. In this regard, Thomas said his client had an “impeccable” record as well as for adhering to bail conditions.

He suggested that conditions be attached to Moore’s bail.

Acting Magistrate Seale responded by saying that even though bail might have been promised to Moore over the weekend, he was not necessarily bound to abide by that and could make another determination.

He remanded the accused until June 23.

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