The Prison Officer allegedly caught with drugs earmarked for the Richmond Hill prison, Ryan Morris has been granted bail in the sum of $30,000.000 by Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill.
Morris was arrested and charged with Two Counts of Possession of a Controlled Drug and Two Counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Drug.
The Chief Magistrate on Friday placed the junior Prison Officer on bail in the sum of $15,000.00 on both charges with two Sureties.
Morris was also ordered to report to the St David’s Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and to surrender all his traveling documents.
The accused has been employed at Her Majesty’s Prison for several years.
Reports reaching The New Today suggest that prison officers had been monitoring the alleged transaction of Morris for some time.
Two weeks ago, a search of Morris’s Locker at Her Majesty’s Prison revealed an alleged 1/4 lb of marijuana.
Another search was conducted at Morris’s home at La Sagesse, St David’s, which also allegedly yield another 1/4 lb of the illegal drug.
In objecting to bail for the prison officer on the grounds of public interest, Police Prosecutor Godfrey Victor informed the court that the quantity of marijuana in question is approximately half pound (1/4 lb each) with a street value of $1000.00,
He urged Magistrate Gill to give consideration to the fact that Morris is deeply entrenched within the judicial system and entrusted by the public with responsibility to carry out the function of protecting the State and upholding the law.
Insp. Victor noted that there is a serious attempt to eradicate this type of behaviour in the system and such behaviour has caused society to lose interest and respect for the judicial system.
The Police Prosecutor said that a strong message needs to be sent to everyone that this type of behaviour should not be condoned as he tried to convince the Magistrate against granting bail to Morris.
Attorney-at-Law Anslem Clouden is representing Morris after his original Attorney-at-Law Derek Sylvester reclused himself from the matter citing conflict of interest with his recent appointment as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
In seeking bail for his client, Clouden told the Magistrate that the case put forward by the Prosecution in his objection to bail, shows that Insp. Victor has already pronounced Morris guilty, forgetting that every alleged offender is presumed innocent, a presumption in favour for bail to be granted.
He said that the alleged offence does not fall into the category of serious offences taking into consideration the quantity of substance involved and the estimated street value.
Clouden argued that there is no legitimate reason not to grant his client bail since both the Prosecutor and himself as Morris’ legal representative agreed that he was not a flight risk.
In granting bail, Magistrate Gill took all issues into consideration including the fact that the accused had no previous conviction and granted bail to the prison officer.
Morris will make his next Court appearances in St David next week Friday (January 17) and in St George’s on March 5.
The prison officer has since been suspended from duty by the Public Service Commission (PSC) with half pay until the court matter is fully resolved.