BVI: Mother pays for son’s sins – Man allegedly commits burglary while on bail

By BVI News

Michael Ashby being escorted from court on Wednesday, August 15.

(BVI NEWS) – A mother who had signed the bail bond for her son Michael Ashby must now pay a hefty $60,000 levy, which the court activated because her son reportedly violated his bail conditions.

Ashby was on bail for a burglary that happened back in May but Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin revoked that bail on Wednesday, August 15, when he appeared before the court for a new and unrelated burglary charge.

The court heard that Ashby committed this new burglary a month after he was granted bail for the first offence.

It is alleged that Ashby broke into a private dwelling in Diamond Estate on June 16 and stole three flat-screen television sets.

The Crown said the house was being repaired when the incident happened.

Fingerprint

The court heard that Ashby gained access to house through a window. Prosecutors said he allegedly left fingerprint marks while in the house.

It is reported that he was arrested on June 18 but denied committing the offence. He, however, provided samples of his fingerprints to police and was subsequently released.

The court heard the fingerprint samples matched those that were lifted from the home that was burglarized, and Ashby was rearrested on August 14.

“Show me the evidence,” Ashby reportedly said when he was rearrested. But the court heard had no explanation when police showed him the fingerprint results.

‘I promise to not get in trouble again, I have kids’

In court, Ashby pleaded to be granted bail and noted that he is a father of four. He further noted that being remanded will create a backlog of his bills.

“Things rough with me after Irma. It might look bad but have leniency on me. Give me another chance and I promise I won’t get in trouble again,” said Ashby who appeared to be near tears.

However, a no-nonsense Magistrate Benjamin told Ashby he should have taken all those factors into consideration before he allegedly broke the law, especially while on bail.

The previous offence

In that first matter for which he had bail, Ashby was allegedly caught on video surveillance stealing nearly $900 worth of alcoholic beverages from a restaurant in Baugher’s Bay.

He reported burglarized the establishment on May 15 while equipped with a flashlight and a shopping bag. When appeared in court weeks ago for that offence, he was offered $60,000 signed bail. His mother acted as his signed surety, and a condition of his bail was for him keep out of trouble while on bail. If not his mother would be made to pay the $60,000.

Ashby is scheduled to reappear before the court on September 21.

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