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April 10 trial for accused phone thief

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St. James man, who reportedly held up a woman with a machete and robbed her of her cell phone, had his case set for trial on April 10, when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Donovan Davis, a labourer of a Salt Spring address, is charged with robbery with aggravation. He was remanded in custody following Tuesday's hearing, as he had not taken up his previous bail offer of $80,000 with two sureties.

When the case was mentioned, clerk of the court, Natalie Malcolm, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that the prosecution's case file was ready for trial.

"The file is in fact ready, and the prosecution is eager to start this matter," said Malcolm.

The court was also told that full disclosure of the prosecution's information is to be made to Davis' attorney, Chumu Parris, in order to prepare a defence for his client.

BAIL OFFER STILL ON THE TABLE

"Your case will be tried on April 10. Your bail offer remains," RM Tie told Davis, before he was taken back into police custody.

Davis was arrested and charged on February 11, following allegations that he and another man accosted the female complainant and held her up with a machete, before robbing her of a Huawei cellphone.

Following the alleged incident, Davis and the other man were subsequently taken into custody during a police operation in Salt Spring, and Davis was reportedly pointed out by the complainant in an identification parade.