No idle threat

Forde remanded for safety of victim

A 28-year-old man, who reportedly made repeated threats while in lawful custody, will remain on remand at HMP Dodds for the next two weeks.

Andre Anthony Forde, of Apartment 3C No. 67 Warrens, St Thomas, has been at the penal institution since October 23.

When he made his first appearance before Magistrate Ian Weekes he pleaded guilty to damaging a cellular phone belonging to Zoe Hunte and having a pair of scissors on Warrens Terrace Road, a public place, on October 22 without lawful excuse.

However, he denied assaulting Hunte on the same day as well as Sergeant Asha Greaves and Police Constable Deveon Franklyn in the execution of their duties.

The labourer is also alleged to have damaged a police uniform – pants and shirt – belonging to the Crown.

Sergeant Derwin Thompson had previously objected to Forde’s bail based on the nature and seriousness of the charges, as well as in the interest of Hunte’s safety. The prosecutor submitted that the accused man had allegedly made threats while in police custody about what he would do to Hunte once he is granted bail.

Forde had previously denied making any comments in his application for bail.

When the matter came up today in the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court, the prosecutor again objected to his release and called two police officers, who were present at the time that Forde allegedly made the comments, to give evidence.

Both officers gave details of the “repeated” threats against Hunte, but the accused man was adamant that “I never said none of that.

‘They are teaming up on me and I don’t like that,” Forde added.

However, the magistrate said: “I do not see any reason not to believe them.”

Forde was therefore remanded until November 14.

One Response to No idle threat

  1. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce October 31, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Independence parade coming up keep dem up Dodds n get dem tail pun d garrison to help wid d clean up of d area

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