Man refuses to plea to wounding charge until lawyer is present

Cecil Winston of River Street told a Roseau Magistrate yesterday morning that he was not willing to present a plea on a wounding charge simply because his lawyer was not there to instruct him as to how to plead on the matter.

Winston appeared before Magistrate Candia George.

According to the charge read in court, Winston wounded Kelvin Edgar on January 20, 2010 at River Street.

The magistrate advised him to plead not guilty until he could speak to his lawyer in order not to “condemn himself”.

Winston told the court that he was arrested Wednesday afternoon and was unable to get in touch with his attorney before the matter came to court.

He was granted station bail in the sum of $5,000 in his own recognizance.

The trial was adjourned to June 9, 2011.

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  1. jah man
    January 29, 2011

    very good son people need a page from book

  2. Nessa
    January 28, 2011

    Good job magistrate! It is the right of each individual to have a fair trial and an unrepresented party should be advised by the courts on their rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It would have been an error is the court had failed to advise the accused of his rights!!!!!!!!!!

  3. ha
    January 28, 2011

    Well done Winston… you obviously know your rights!

  4. Jade
    January 28, 2011

    Smart guy he must watch lots of “law and order”…smart move

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