Bench warrant issued for accused thief

April 23, 2019

The St James Parish Court has stayed the execution of a bench warrant for the arrest of Demar Tennant, who allegedly stole a woman's cellular phone last year, until April 23, following his failure to attend court last Wednesday.

Tennant is charged with larceny from the person following allegations that he grabbed the complainant's phone on April 21, 2018. He was supposed to be in court on Wednesday for submission of a social enquiry report on his behalf ahead of his sentencing.

But Tennant's attorney, Noel Butler, informed presiding judge Kacia Grant that the defendant, who had relocated to St Elizabeth, would not be appearing in court.

"I contacted him and he said he would not be able to make it because he cannot afford the fare," Butler said regarding Tennant.

That revelation did not sit well with Grant, who immediately ordered a bench warrant for Tennant's arrest and stayed its execution until April 23.

"He has not made himself available for the social enquiry report, and he has no intention of coming back here. I will be sending him on a first-class ticket to prison, and on that ticket there is no champagne and no leg-room," the clearly unamused Grant declared.

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