Mervin Flaherty, Jr – the man who was only released from prison and put on bail in April – is back before the court for allegedly committing a series of new offences.
Flaherty pleaded not guilty to being in possession of an offensive weapon, using indecent language, and three counts of threatening language when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards — the judge who had freed him months ago after noting that ‘improvement’ in his behaviour.
She revoked his bail on Thursday, despite hearing that the 20-year-old is prone to hurting himself.
It an attempt to win bail for his client, defence attorney Patrick Thompson told the court that Flaherty should be in a hospital and treated for his ‘suicidal tendencies’.
In fact, he claimed the Flaherty already harmed himself since being arrested and charged on September 4. He said Flaherty being sent to Her Majesty’s Prison is ‘likely to prove disastrous.’
However, Magistrate Richards was not keen to offer bail to the ‘troubled’ man for the second time. She said the accused can get medical attention while on remand.
Flaherty, in the meantime, is said to have earned the latest set of charges after being involved in what was described to the court as love triangle saga.
The court heard that on May 8, Flaherty was riding a scooter when he noticed the complainant driving in Road Town.
He allegedly drove up alongside the complainant’s vehicle and said: ‘I am going to kill your mother c****.”
Upon hearing this, the complainant made a report at the Road Town Police Station where the accused met him and allegedly threatened him a second time.
While in the presence of police, Flaherty allegedly told the man: “I have some shots for you.”
The court further heard that the complainant was driving his taxi in Road Town on September 4 when Flaherty reportedly stopped in front of him.
It is said that the complainant took out his cellular phone and started recording the incident.
It is alleged that Flaherty had a knife in his possession and threatened the complainant.
‘You a dead man’
In an attempt to escape, the complainant reportedly swerved his vehicle and collided with the accused man’s scooter.
The complainant attempted to leave the area but Flaherty allegedly threatened him saying: “You going to die tonight. You a dead man.”
Flaherty allegedly threatened another man during that incident. The accused allegedly told the other man: “I got a bullet with your name on it.”
It is alleged that when police accosted Flaherty in relation to the reports, he responded: “I know the boy (the complainant). That’s my girl’s ex-boyfriend … Officers, I don’t be troubling this man. I don’t threaten this man. This man always coming in my way.”
He is scheduled to return to court on September 27.
Flaherty has had a number of reported run-ins with the law and among them are reports of attempted robbery, theft, assaulting police officers, and behaving disorderly at a police station.
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