August 9, 2022
Bali Mina Court House. INBT02-213AC

Details of Denmark Martin, 60, of Drummond Court, who appeared in the Interim Magistrates’ Court in Bali Mina, have been charged with possession of “fire or imitation”.

He is also accused of cultivating cannabis in Drummond Court.

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The defendant is further charged with assaulting two people at an address in Drummond Court and allegedly threatening to damage windows.

The charges are related to October 23, 2021.

Defendant is in custody after failing to complete bail.

A court recently heard he spent more than £ 5,000 caring for his dog and 30 fish while in custody.

The court was told that dog care costs about پا 10 a day and ً 1.50 a day for fish, about پا 40 a day.

The accused has been in custody since October after failing to complete bail.

A defense attorney told the preliminary hearing of the case that “a neighbor in a street allegedly waved a fake firearm and then a small amount of cannabis was growing in his house.”

Defendant’s defense attorney recently told the court about the defendant’s dog and 30 fish that a council had applied for a “disposal order.”

Defendant “does not agree” with the order, he said.

At the last hearing, District Judge Nigel Broderick asked who was taking care of the dogs and 30 fish while the defendant was in custody, and the defense attorney said: “I’m sure it’s the council.”

A local council legal representative recently told the court that about ً 5,000 has been spent on animal care so far – £ 10 for a dog and £ 40 for a fish.

The council’s attorney said: “The council contacted the police on the date of Ms. Martin’s arrest and was advised that there were animals in the property.

“Once they made sure the property was not being accessed by anyone else and the animals were not being cared for, it was confiscated.

“Given that Ms Martin has been in custody since October, we do not have a vision from anyone willing to help with the care of the animals, so the council had to look after them.”

The court will have to settle the dispute over the application for hearing.

The council’s lawyer said a council officer and a doctor would provide evidence.

The hearing in the case was adjourned till March 7.

A police officer had a court appearance on February 15 in connection with a “fake gun” charge that he showed to Judge Broderick.

He said the exhibition was “actually a toy”.

The officer said that when Martin was interviewed, he said it was a “water pistol with small bullets in it and was there to play with his grandson.”

Judge Broderick said that if the “fireworks charge” was dropped, the defendant would face other charges.

The judge said: “We are entering an area where the defendant must have spent a lot of time in his custody.”

The hearing of the case was adjourned till February 24.

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