‘No foolishness’, bail for PSV driver
A public service vehicle driver was released on bail yesterday on a charge of not wearing a mask in public, despite strenuous objections by the prosecution.
Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes defended his decision to allow Kemar Pile-Martin to go home, saying the prosecution had not objected to an accused who allegedly entered a woman’s house to hunt for someone, while armed with a gun.
“I don’t understand what is going on. A man yesterday [Monday] do as he like with a firearm and wunna ain’t had no objection and then police come in here today [yesterday] and telling me wunna objecting based on traffic offences and telling me about 2011 antecedents?” Chief Magistrate Weekes asked.
“I am not allowing any lawyer to go to the Court of Appeal or to a review at the High Court over what would be straightforward foolishness on my part. I would not be part of any straightforward foolishness and this would be straightforward foolishness on my part to remand him. There is no High Court judge who won’t see what I did as foolishness. There is no Court of Appeal who won’t see what I did as foolishness,” Chief Magistrate Weekes declared. (HLE)
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