HOOK WIELDING MAN QUESTIONED WHY HIS CASE TOOK SO LONG

Court mallet. Photo credit: SIBC.

Court mallet. Photo credit: SIBC.

A man accused of going armed in public and stealing a wallet containing $3,000.00 has spoken out in court this morning, after his case was further adjourned.

In court this morning, the accused asked the Court why his case is taking so long to conclude, and that he is tired of being remanded in jail.

He was arrested for wielding a 30 centimetre hook around the Pharmacy shop at Point Cruz during the Prime Minister’s election in November 2011.

In February 2012, he was arrested for stealing clothes from a clothesline, and a wallet containing $3,000.00 cash.

He had pleaded guilty to going armed in public, and to two counts of simple larceny.

The defence was to present their sentencing submission this morning, but the Principle Magistrate who heard the case is overseas.

Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota then told the Court the case has to be adjourned until the Magistrate returns.

Upon hearing this, the accused stood up and spoke out that he is tired of being remanded in custody.

He also told the Court his sentencing submission should have been heard last month, and questioned why it is taking so long.

Chief Magistrate Kouhota then explained to him – the presiding Magistrate who heard his case is overseas and his case cannot proceed further until he returns.

The Magistrate Court will hear the case again early next month.

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