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Bench warrants issued for men fighting housebreaking convictions

Published:Tuesday | October 7, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Bench warrants have been issued for Nicalus Bryce and Andre Harris who are appealing against their convictions and sentences for house breaking and malicious destruction of property.

The warrants were issued after Bryce and Harris, who are out on bail, failed to appear in court yesterday.

The men pleaded guilty to the charges in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court last August and were sentenced to two years imprisonment on the house breaking charge and one year on the other charge.

Senior RM Judith Pusey ordered that the sentences run concurrently.

The men subsequently filed an appeal.

The men are appealing on the grounds that they were young men, were unrepresented at the trial and that the RM failed to explain to them the nature and elements of the offences.

They claim that the explanation they gave to the court did not amount to guilty pleas in law.

The men further complain that the sentences were manifestly excessive.


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