No bail for juvenile offender

The Prosecution Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force was forced to object to bail for a juvenile offender.

An 18-year old young man who is slapped with five charges of engaging in illegal acts was brought to court on Monday where Magistrate Tahira Gellineau remanded him to Her Majesty’s Prisons to await commencement of his trial.

Police Constable Kerry Swan who objected to bail said although the teenager claims to be a Form Five Student at a secondary school on the outskirts of St. George’s, he has learnt that he no longer attends school.

Swan told the court the young man who resides at Morne Jaloux, St. George’s is no longer living with his parents, but lives with friends “who should not be his friends.”

The youngster is charged with one count each of housebreaking, housebreaking and stealing, and assault with a deadly instrument, and two other stealing offenses. The housebreaking charge dates back to June 8.

The suspect is accused of breaking and entering the dwelling house of Roosevelt Belt, a 69-year old resident of Calivigny, St. George’s.

The 18-year old is also accused of breaking and entering the house of Denise Cameron, a data entry clerk and stealing articles valued at $2,000.00.

Swan reported that when the police picked up the young man, he brought them to other places where he attempted to commit a felony. However, the affected persons did not want to press charges.

The Police Prosecutor believes that if the 18-year old was granted bail, there was a strong possibility that he would continue transgressing against the law.

Swan told the court he is particularly concerned about the safety of persons who trespass on people’s property to commit a crime.

He said it is within someone’s right to use “reasonable force” when someone invades his privacy.

The police officer related an incident in which he saw a male person who was attacked after intruding into someone’s house coming to the Grenville Magistrate’s Court filled with bandages.

The 18-year old is due back in court on August 7.

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