Bail in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars (EC$100,000.00) with two sureties, on the charge of Non-Capital Murder was granted to Victor Creedland, a farmer of Malmount, St. David, on Wednesday by Hight Court Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke.
Creedland was bailed following a short hearing before Justice Clerk where an application was made having regard to all of the surrounding circumstances and the defendant would have spent close to four years on remand awaiting trial.
Creedland was slapped with a charge of a non-capital murder charge in 2019. The charge intentionally caused the death of sixty-two-year-old Shirley Thomas of St. David by unlawful harm. According to the allegation, the decrease was struck in the head sometime between the 11th and 12th September 2019. She later succumbed to her injuries while warded at the General Hospital.
Attorney-at-law, Anslem Clouden, who represented Creedland, in an interview with this paper noted that his client hasn’t been acquitted nor was he convicted but was discharged by the judge because the indictment upon which he was charged was invalid. He was, therefore, re-arrested and further charged and the decision for bail was made having regard to the congestion of the court, the length of the criminal list and the fact that there are no court houses appropriately designed to try such matters in the criminal jurisdiction of the court.
He went on that bail application was made on the basis of well-established, well-settled jurisprudence with respect to delay, the constitutional rights to a fair trial within a reasonable time and the fact that Creedland had been awaiting trial for four years and months and was very likely to spend another four years and months awaiting the other one because of the congestive nature of the court docket and the inability to hold proper courts. He believes that the application was justifiable to grant bail to his client under certain conditions.
According to the attorney, bail conditions include, that he ought not to interfere with any witness for the prosecution, nor can he be seen speaking to any one of them, while on bail he is to live two hundred yards away from his son from, where he resided, must report to the St. David’s Police Station every Monday between the hours of 6am and 6pm, must surrender all travel documents and according to Clouden he can get back to his work.
This, Clouden hinted will save the state the approximately sixty-five dollars per day that is what it takes to maintain a prisoner, adding that certain prisoners ought not to be there awaiting trial depending on the circumstances if the public need not be protected from them. If they don’t pose any threat, then they should be out, being productive citizens.
The attorney further added that the Crown Counsel did not object to the granting of bail because of the worthiness of the application and took into consideration the fact that his client was in jail for four years awaiting trial.