No surety


A 58-year-old man had no choice but to go to HMP Dodds today, after he was unable to secure a surety for his bail.

Adwin Alonzo Cumberbatch, of My Lord’s Hill, St Michael, is accused of entering Bowen and Bowen Company Limited as a trespasser between December 31, 2015 and November 4, 2016, and stealing ten lens cleaners worth $44.50; four internet cables worth $48; an audio cable worth $10; a HDMI cable worth $20; two packs of highlighters worth $20, a box of envelopes worth $5; 13 colouring books valued $78; a $7 binder; a $5 book; a tape recorder worth $150; two cases worth $5; a $3 magnifying glass; a $2 brush; a $10 pen refill; seven teddy bears worth $42; a $6 phone case and five packs of paper worth $15.

When Cumberbatch appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court, he pleaded not guilty to that charge, as well as the December 11 offence of possession of apparatus for
the misuse of cocaine.

There was no objection from the police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid to the magistrate granting Cumberbatch bail, after a check of the name Adwin Alonza Cumberbatch revealed that he had no previous convictions.

However, a further check showed that he was previously known as Adwin Bowen and had numerous antecedents.

That information did not sit well with Magistrate Douglas Frederick who had given the accused man time to contact a surety. However, he did not withdraw his bail offer, and it was Cumberbatch’s own inability to find a surety that landed him behind bars.

“I can’t get in touch with the person because I can’t find the number. But I was hoping that you can give me personal bail,” the man said, to which the magistrate responded: “No, I can’t do that . . . . And then you have two names.”

Frederick then remanded Cumberbatch to prison until January 11, 2017.

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