Court: 52-Year-Old Asks For Supreme Court Trial

January 15, 2017

52-year-old Edmund Smith appeared in Magistrate’s Court for the third time and asked that the two charges against him be sent for trial in the Supreme Court.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo acceded to Mr Smith’s request and ordered him to attend the February Arraignments.

Smith had originally been charged with assaulting a police officer and causing that officer bodily harm; and with possessing a wooden walking staff. Both incidents were alleged to have occurred during the protests on Friday 2nd December 2016.

On his first appearance in Magistrate’s Court, Smith had pleaded not guilty and had made a long statement to the court. From that, the Magistrate ordered that Smith undergo a psychological examination to see if he was fit for trial.

On his second appearance, Smith was deemed fit for trial and was ordered to return for Mention and receive papers from the Crown.

In Court this week, Mr Smith insisted that the case go to the Supreme Court. Smith told the Magistrate: “My name is at stake. My good name is at stake.”

Smith was required to sign a new bail of $5,000 and provide a new surety.

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