Double jeopardy

No bail for two men accused of unlawful violence

A well digger and a pastry chef were Wednesday remanded to Dodds prison after they appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on indictable charges.

Rozario David Anthony Boyce, 22, and Antonio Omar Howell, 26, both of Dash Valley, St George are jointly accused of using unlawful violence and behaving in such a manner as to cause reasonable persons to fear for their personal safety on May 27.

The two were not required to plead to the charges.

However, when it came time for their bail applications to be considered, the prosecutor strongly argued against their release, based on the seriousness of the offence, which allegedly involved the use of a firearm. Sergeant Robert Jones also suggested that further allegations could arise and that there was need to protect society from both men.

But attorney-at-law Danielle Mottley, who represented Boyce, pointed out that the charge against her client was a “mere allegation” at this time. She also said that Boyce was willing to adhere to any conditions – including surrendering his travel documents and reporting to a police station – in order to secure his freedom.

Rozario David Anthony Boyce

In agreeing with the prosecutor, the magistrate said that the allegation against Boyce was a serious one.

“So we have to keep you,” Frederick told the well digger, who has been plying the trade for the past four months.

Antonio Omar Howell

Meanwhile, Howell, who is separately charged with using a firearm without a valid licence on the above-mentioned date, was automatically remanded to prison.

The two accused are scheduled to make their second appearance in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on August 18.

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