Accused man claims to have an STD

A young man facing multiple charges has made a shocking revelation to the St. George’s No.2 Magistrate’s Court.

The individual was brought to court last week Friday on an outstanding bench warrant after failing to attend court to answer the charges.

He told the presiding Magistrate, Francine Foster that on the day he had to attend court he was not feeling well.

He then voluntarily informed the court that he has been tested positive for a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) but provided no document to the court showing his STD status.

He said the medical team informed him that they will keep the results in a safe place where no one can have access to it.

Magistrate Foster said while she has no reason to disbelieve the young man’s revelation, she is placed in a dilemma over what to do with him.

She feared that it could be a strategy being used by the accused to avoid being imprisoned on remand and would like to verify the claim.

Police Prosecutor, Kerry Swan told the Acting Magistrate that his department is trying to find out if the young man was speaking the truth.

He informed the court that he is aware of other persons who are inmates at the prison with STD.

Magistrate Foster feared that if she granted the accused bail he might once again abscond from attending court, while at the same time he could be a health hazard for other inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons.

She also said she would like to know if the authorities at the prisons are in a position to deal with such matters as there are certain precautions that must be taken for the safety of other prisoners.

The young man is facing charges of robbery with violence, stealing from a person, and possession of an apparatus, to wit a crack pipe.

He appeared in court without a Lawyer.

The magistrate advised him to recruit an attorney-at-law to represent his interest in those matters which she described as being very serious.

The accused is due to return to court on August 15.

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