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Man with 25 previous convictions denied bail

A convicted burglar who was released from HMP Dodds in January, is back on remand at the St Philip penal institution after appearing in a Bridgetown court charged with breaking and entering.

Anthony Ricardo Emmanuel Prescott, of Browne’s Gap, Sargeants Village, Christ Church, is accused of entering the home of Gerald Abraham on April 4 as a trespasser and stealing a DVD player worth $190, a bottle of oil worth $10 and a tin of milk worth $2.05, all belonging to Abraham.

It is also alleged that the 41-year-old unemployed man entered the home of Kayrene Haellis as a trespasser and stole a laptop computer worth $1,700, a ring worth $600 and $20 in cash on January 24.

Prescott denied the allegations levelled against him after Magistrate Douglas Frederick read them.

When the time came for the bail application, prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid strongly objected to Prescott being released. He argued that Prescott had 25 prior convictions which showed that he had a propensity for committing such acts. He also said the police were still conducting investigations in a bid to recover the stolen items.

“The accused may frustrate these efforts if granted bail at this time. We also believe that if he is released, he will reoffend,” the prosecutor said, even as he revealed to the court that Prescott had “only just returned to society.”

Reid also pointed to the nature and seriousness of the crimes allegedly committed by the accused man and the need to protect society as additional grounds for his objections to bail.

In addressing the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, Prescott admitted that he was released from jail in January after serving a three-year sentence. “I don’t have a propensity Sir,” he told the court in his defence.

However, Magistrate Frederick ruled in favour of the objections put forward by the prosecutor and remanded the accused until May 4.

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