COURT ROUND-UP: Man fined in absentia; damaging woman’s door lands man in trouble

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COURT ROUND-UP: Man fined in absentia; damaging woman’s door lands man in trouble

Door damage

Damaging someone’s door is not a simple matter.

That’s what Leroy Mitchell learned yesterday when he was ordered to pay Joan Philogene $151.90, the cost of the door he damaged on March 12, 2012 at about 6:30 a.m.

Mitchell, who had failed to appear in court on two previous occasions, was arrested by police on a bench warrant issued in August.

In his defense, Mitchell claimed that Philogene’s daughter had told him that the case had been dismissed, so he felt that he had no reason to return to court. Additionally, he claimed that the door was not as damaged as the complainant stated.

The report had been made to WPC644 Samuel, who appeared in court, and corroborated Philogene’s statement. Samuel said visited the scene personally to ascertain the accuracy of the information given.

Mitchell was ordered to pay the fine by November 30, 2012 or face 14 days imprisonment.  He was bonded to keep the peace for one year or pay $200.

If he defaults on his bond Mitchell could face a further 14 days in prison.

Fined in absentia

Breton Lucien was yesterday fined $500 or 14 days in prison for theft.  Lucien, who did not appear in court today for the third consecutive time, was fined in absentia and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

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