Family not dropping charges

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe last time Ryan Clairmonte Benn attended the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded with the presiding magistrate to grant him bail. He also insisted that his relatives no longer wanted to pursue the matter against him.

Benn is facing charges of intentionally damaging by fire on April 2 this year, three houses and two cars belonging to two of his relatives. The accused, who resides at Brandons Gap, Deacons Road, St Michael, has a history of psychiatric issues and drug abuse.

The court summoned a family member who came to court today. When the uncle, who is one of the complainants, took the witness stand, the magistrate explained that he was there because the family intended to drop the matter.

The witness set the record straight by saying that he was still interested in pursuing it.

“Was it one of your buildings or cars that was burnt?” asked Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

After the uncle said “yes”, Benn interjected. “Orlando, I sorry fuh wuh I do,” he said. “I didn’t do it on purpose.”

“I don’t know,” the witness responded. “We still without a house.”

The magistrate remanded Benn to HMP Dodds and urged him not to “use that argument again”.

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