Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Inmate ‘lost’ on remand


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THE CASE OF A PETTY THIEF sitting in prison for ten years wanting and waiting to plead guilty, threw a spotlight yesterday on the inefficiencies in the judicial system.

Winston Adolphus Agard, 50, of 3rd Avenue, Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael, but who had no fixed place of abode then, had been on remand for so long that the last time he went to court, the assizes were still being held at the Old Supreme Court building on Coleridge Street, The City. The new Supreme Court Complex has been in operation a short distance away on Whitepark Road for the last decade.

“We are operating in such a rut that you can’t even plead guilty. We cannot even expedite a guilty plea. People are begging to plead guilty and not even that we can accommodate,” declared attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens in the No 2 Supreme Court.

“I need to get all of these people and file a big lawsuit, or maybe what I need to do is file bail applications for all of them and just flood the system. Then maybe we can get files,” she said. (HLE)

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