Coconut vendors on unlawful violence charge

Two coconut vendors are now out on bail after appearing in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court Wednesday charged with unlawful violence, but are free to leave their home as they please, after a prosecutor’s initial request for a curfew was withdrawn.

Shaquille Jabarry Callender and Jabarri Tito Holder, both of Odessa McClean Avenue, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 13. It is alleged that the two used unlawful violence that would cause a person of reasonable firmness to fear for their life.

Holder was also charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Ryan Benskin, while Callender was separately charged with stealing a cellular phone from Benskin, also on the same date.

Shaquille Jabarry Callender

While prosecutor Sergeant Glenda Nicholls-Carter did not object to bail, she requested that both men be placed on a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. However, Callender’s attorney Mohia Ma’at objected to that condition, contending that his client’s job as a coconut vendor took him beyond 6 p.m.

“Ma’am, the challenge may arise when a police officer who knows he is on curfew sees him after 6 p.m., and while the court may be understanding about his work, that police officer may not,” he argued.

Jabarri Tito Holder

Before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant could make a ruling on the matter, the prosecutor withdrew the request for the curfew condition and both men are instead now required to report to Central Police Station once a week.

They are required to return to court on October 17.

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