Teen’s chances run out

A Christ Church teenager will spend the next 28 days on remand in prison despite arguing that he was a “good bail candidate”.

Jahlanny Tremaine Yarde, 19, of Block 6B, Silver Hill Drive, told Oistins Magistrate Elwood Watts he was not guilty of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Shannon Wilson on May 20 last year.

However, he was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he entered the house of Oneal Chase as a trespasser February 15, and inflicted grievous bodily harm on the man, and at the time was armed with a knife.

The prosecutor, Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, strongly objected to Yarde being granted bail on the grounds of the nature and seriousness of the alleged offences, and that the accused was already on bail from the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court for aggravated burglary and robbery.

“It is the prosecution’s fear that if he is granted bail, he will continue in a similar vein,” Burnett said.

However, Yarde countered in his application: “I have been a good bail candidate; always come to court and [observe] my curfew.”

He also sought to explain that in the latest case before the court, he was actually defending himself.

“The other matter, Sir, happened last year when he and five others bore me. So, I didn’t have no choice, you know what I mean? They attack me with a sword, Sir,” he said, adding that if given bail he would “keep the orders of the court to just continue with my life”.

However, Magistrate Watts replied: “To keep the orders of the court you [would] not be here again. There can be no assurance because you are standing here. You said those words to a court already, twice, and you can’t persuade the court today.”

“No bail today,” he then told the accused who is scheduled to make his second appearance in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court on June 14.

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