Man reportedly threatens to burn down crown witness’ house

Man reportedly threatens to burn down crown witness’ house

Covering the courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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Man reportedly threatens to burn down crown witness’ house


A woodworker who reportedly threatened to burn down a woman’s house if she testified against his friends and caused them to end up in prison, was denied bail.


The court heard that 22-year-old Alexis Rodriquez accosted the woman, who is a complainant in a sex case involving the accused’s friends, and told her: "Anyhow you mek me friend dem go prison waa waa me ago do to yuh; mi a go go over mi brother house fi mi gun and bun down yuh yard."


On Friday when the accused appeared in court his attorney, Kymberli Whittaker, during her bail application, denied the allegations.


She, however, indicated that her client was willing to relocate to another community and would not interfere with the complainant.


But Judge Pusey told her that she would not be offering Rodriquez bail.


"There’s a part of the allegations that scares me," she said.


Rodriquez quickly told the court that his brother was not a gunman, but was reminded by the judge that the allegation was that he was the one going for his gun.


The accused, who was not happy that he was not being offered bail, insisted on commenting further, despite the request of his lawyer and told the court that in spite of everything, he and the complainant were still friends and were still communicating even while the case continues.


"Me and har a friend, a hear she say she hear say me know about a robbery," Rodriquez said, as if to explain what had happened between him on the complainant on the day in question, but he was not given the chance to elaborate.


The prosecutor, however, told the court that the police are objecting to bail, as they fear he might go through with his threats.


"Nowadays, when people tell people say dem a go kill them if dem give evidence, I don’t take it lightly," Judge Pusey said.


She told the court that people need to respect the laws of the court and allow witnesses to give their evidence before the court without fear.


"Spread the gospel according to Pusey that anyone who threatening witness is not getting any bail," she said before remanding Rodriquez .


He will return to court on October 13 for trial.



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