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March 28, 2014
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Man accused of damaging relative's shop gets bail extension

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

An incomplete case-file has stalled the case of a St James man accused of attempting to burn down his relative's shop. The matter has been deferred to next month.

Guy McGhie, 44, from Maroon Town, who is charged with malicious destruction of property, had his bail extended to April 30 in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, as the forensic report was outstanding.

Allegations are that on August 28, 2013, approximately 8:30 a.m., the complainant, Marcia McGhie, went to the defendant's house after receiving a telephone call about him, and on her arrival, she saw him standing in the yard with a machete.

unsuccessfully

After confronting him, the complainant went inside a shop on the property, where the accused man proceeded to chop at the shop's door and window, damaging both in the process. 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.

"We are still awaiting the forensic certificate in respect of the substance that was found at the house," clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie on Wednesday.

"Is the 30th of April convenient?" RM Tie asked defence attorney Ronald Parris.

"Yes, ma'am," attorney Parris replied.

"Sir, you are to return here on April 30. Your bail is extended until then," Tie told the defendant.

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