Bedridden robbery accused released on bail

Mark Anthony in a stretcher being escorted by the police in the Georgetown Magistrates Court yard

AFTER almost two months on remand at the Georgetown Prison, a bedridden 18-year-old was released on $150,000 bail by City Magistrate Dylon Bess after his mother pleaded with the court.
Mark Anthony was charged on November 2, 2016 with robbery under arms, possession of illegal gun and ammunition and shooting at a policeman. He was remanded during his first appearance.

Anthony, during his court hearings, would have to be brought to court by the police ambulance and carried by police officers in a stretcher. He was shot in the back and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
The trial is currently ongoing before Magistrate Bess, however when the matter was called on Tuesday, Anthony’s mother begged the court for a more lenient bail for her son and for him to be released in her care.

The Magistrate granted him bail at $150,000 and adjourned the matter until January 17, 2017. For the armed robbery charge, it is alleged that on September 26, 2016 at Laing Avenue, Georgetown while being armed with a gun, he robbed Tevin Williams of two cellular phones valued $67,000.
It is further alleged that on the same day, he discharged a loaded firearm at Police Officer Roger Pilgrim with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm. Anthony was also charged with having an unlicensed .38 revolver with three live rounds and a spent shell. He pleaded not guilty to this charge.