A Greenland man who was allegedly caught harbouring his fugitive kin has been brought before the court and charged with harbouring a prisoner.
The 23-year-old, Dajshon Benjamin, was also charged with handling stolen goods and possession of 13.2 grams of cannabis.
He was not required to answer to the charges when he appeared before Magistrate Jack Husbands this week.
The court heard that on January 30, the accused was arrested along with his brother Khori Prince who escaped lawful custody on January 18.
Police, acting on intelligence, searched Benjamin’s apartment and allegedly uncovered several pieces of jewellery suspected to be from the Mi Amor jewellery heist last December. Roughly $800,000 worth of jewellery was stolen during that incident.
The brothers were subsequently taken into custody and charged.
Benjamin bawls at prospect of remand
When prosecutors informed the court that they were objecting to bail, Benjamin openly wept at the prospect of spending time on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison.
Prosecutors argued that there is a high chance that Benjamin would tamper with evidence if granted bail. They said if he is made to potentially tamper with evidence, the outcome of the ongoing police investigation into the burglary could be compromised.
“He is a high risk,” prosecutors said.
The court subsequently denied bail.
“Why am I being remanded? What did I do? I didn’t do any burglary … I don’t feel I should be remanded to prison,” Benjamin said in loud sobs to the court.
“I got a life. I am doing good,” he added, claiming that this was his first run-in with the law.
The Crown, however, pointed out that his brother’s escape from lawful custody was broadcast throughout local media outlets and he (Benjamin) would have known that his brother was a wanted man.
Benjamin is scheduled to return to court on February 18.
Attorney-at-law Reynella Rawlins represents the accused.
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