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December 2, 2013
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Man accused of damaging shop granted bail
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A St James man accused of chopping the window and door of his relative's shop and then trying to set fire to the building was offered bail in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Forty-four-year-old Guy McGhie, from Maroon Town, is charged with malicious destruction of property. He was offered $100,000 bail, with three sureties, and was ordered to stay away from the complainant, Marcia McGhie. His case is set for mention again on January 14, 2014.

The court was told that on August 28, about 8:30 a.m., the complainant went to McGhie's house after receiving a telephone call about him, and on her arrival she saw him standing in the yard with a machete. After confronting him, the complainant went inside a shop on the property, where the defendant proceeded to chop at the shop's door and window, damaging both in the process.

The court heard that McGhie left shortly afterward, but returned and poured a flammable substance on the shop and unsuccessfully tried to ignite it. The police were summoned and McGhie was arrested.

In making a bail application, McGhie's attorney, Ronald Parris, told Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that a preliminary psychiatric report had diagnosed his client as being schizophrenic.

"The doctor wants to continue with a psychiatric review and preliminary diagnosis of schizophrenia from cannabis (ganja) misuse, and from crack cocaine," said Parris. "I would ask that it is a matter where he (McGhie) could attend the Drug Court for counselling and treatment."

"The Drug Court operates in circumstances where persons plead guilty, so it is only in those circumstances that I could legally recommend him for it," RM Tie answered.

Clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm said that the substance McGhie had allegedly thrown on the shop had been sent to the forensic laboratory for analysis.

"The substance has been sent off, but I do not have the result ... I am looking for a late date in February 2014, based on what is happening at the lab," said Malcolm.

RM Tie eventually offered McGhie bail, on condition that he should relocate to Hanover to stay with a family friend and report at the Ramble Police Station in that parish.

"I am going to offer him bail in the sum of $100,000 with three sureties. He is to have no contact with the complainant and he is to stay away from Maroon Town," said RM Tie.

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