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Man on harm charge remanded

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, ​[email protected]

Man on harm charge remanded

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As the owner of A.P. Jones Pharmacy remains hospitalised, the man charged with inflicting his injuries was remanded to prison when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

David Nathaniel Blackman, 60, who has no fixed place of abode but who said he was a farmer and a barber, was not required to plead to doing serious bodily harm, with intent, to Andrew Jones, on September 17.

The accused, however, denied he stole seven bottles of tonic, valued at $203, from the pharmacy; that he assaulted Karen Granville, both on September 17; and that he stole 63 bars of soap belonging to Melwani’s Ltd on September 5.

The prosecution objected to Blackman’s release on bail, pointing to 15 convictions for theft, the seriousness of the charges he faced and the need to protect society from him.

The prosecution further said the pharmacy owner was still hospitalised and the accused had no fixed place of abode.

However, Blackman said he lived with his sister and kept his tools for barbering at her house.

He later admitted he had been released from prison in July.

Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes remanded Blackman to HMP Dodds until October 19. (HLE)