AG calls for prison check

Totally inexcusable!

That is how Attorney General Dale Marshall has described the case of petty thief Winston Agard, who found himself on remand for ten years.

The 50-year-old, who admitted stealing a bag and its contents, including $1 000, on March 27, 2009, was finally released on his own recognisance by Justice Randall Worrell on Wednesday, after his plight was drawn to the court’s attention by a prison officer. A pre-sentencing report was ordered and he returns for sentencing in eight weeks.

The more than seven years waiting to plead brought condemnation from the judge, as well as defence counsel Angela Mitchell-Gittens who deemed it as “madness”.