By FARRAH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was yesterday remanded to prison over allegations he broke into a residence to steal a video game console and its accessories.
Demetrius Miller appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with one count each of housebreaking, stealing and receiving.
The prosecution alleged the defendant broke into a residence in Moss Town, Exuma sometime between 2.30pm and 7.30pm on July 24 to steal an Xbox, two controllers, Beats headphones, and a pair of Airpods which all had a combined value of $1,000. Miller was also accused of dishonestly receiving the stolen items three days later on July 27.
During his hearing, Miller denied all the charges and the matter was adjourned to December 8 for trial.
He was denied bail and remanded to prison in the interim. The defendant, who is represented by attorney Jomo Campbell, has a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.
Yesterday, another man appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes for similar offenses.
Omar Canter, 30, was accused of stealing seven bags of Portland Cemex cement from Michael Russell sometime between August 2 and 3. He was also charged with dishonestly receiving the stolen packages which had a combined value of $95.34 within that same timeframe.
He denied both charges and the matter was adjourned to November 4 for trial.
During his hearing, Canter was also accused of violating the conditions of the bail he received from the Supreme Court after he was charged with housebreaking. The prosecution alleged the defendant failed to sign in at the Carmichael Road Police Station on Tuesdays and Thursdays for over four months.
Miller pleaded guilty, but said when he went to the station to sign in during the month of March, he had an outdated passport and a police officer told him to “make it his last day signing in” with his current legal documents.
As a result, Magistrate Forbes said he would not accept the defendant’s guilty plea and adjourned the matter to be heard along with Miller’s other two matters in the November 4 trial.
Due to the nature of the charges, the defendant was denied bail and remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
He has a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.