Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Magistrate tried to keep accused and complainant apart

Although he was granted bail, Nicky Oneal Boyce failed to acquire a surety and instead was remanded to HMP Dodds for the next 28 days.

Boyce, 31, of 4th Avenue, Skeete's Road, St Michael was appearing in the District 'A' Magistrates' Court to answer three charges.

He denied that on August 11, 2018, he stole one car bonnet valued at $400 from a vehicle belonging to Patrick Lovell. The vehicle was parked at Cutting Road, Haggatt  Hall, St Michael at the time.

He also denied stealing one car battery, one bumper, one park light and two headlamps - a total value of $634.56 belonging to Tyrone Walters between August 14 and August 15, 2018. 

In addition, Boyce was not required to plead to the charge that he unlawfully wounded Chris Clairmont with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him on December 27, 2018.

The prosecution objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offences stating that the complainant received serious injuries including multiple lacerations to the face, a fracture to the head and multiple bruises to the body.

"The accused has a propensity to re-offend based on his antecedents," Prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Forde added.

Boyce is also on bail on another matter; the court heard.

Though acknowledging that he was on bail for a 2011 theft matter, Boyce asked the magistrate to grant him bail. He said he wanted to be around family following the loss of a brother.

"My girlfriend is...pregnant and she's already taking this on and I won't like her to get a miscarriage," Boyce further told the court.

The accused also said that the complainant was currently in prison and that other persons charged with him in the 2011 matter were all on bail.

The magistrate said his concerns related to the serious injuries and the fact that Boyce was already on bail.

However, he considered that if Boyce was "on the outside" he would have no interaction with the complainant in prison. 

He sought to grant bail but as no surety made an appearance, Boyce was remanded until February 4, 2019.

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