Thursday 6 August, 2020

Magistrate issues warning about signing for bail; mother penalized

An accused man's mother was ordered to forfeit $2500 of the bail amount posted on her son's behalf.

The order was given after it was revealed that Ryan Anthony Omar Bentham had missed court dates since 2017 and was now out of the jurisdiction.

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Bentham of Brewsters Road, Worthing, Christ Church is accused of committing serious indecency on a 9-year-old child between August 12, 2012, and May 9, 2013. A warrant is currently out for his arrest.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick thanked the mother for trying to locate her son but explained that half the bail amount would be forfeited. Sureties are always informed of their responsibilities before they agree to sign bail on an accused's behalf. Those responsibilities include making sure the person comes to court on the given dates. Failure to do so would result in the bail amount being forfeited.

Unfortunately, this was the situation that faced Bentham's mother.

The magistrate asked the mother whether she or his five children heard from Bentham but she said only his ex-girlfriend had any contact with him.

The mother said he called the ex-girlfriend to inquire about his children but he didn't leave any information regarding his whereabouts.

Magistrate Frederick told her that Bentham showed no regard for her.

She was given until August 20 to pay the sum.

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