Bird seeds on fence lead to felony charge

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A 19-YEAR-OLD teen appeared before a city magistrate, on Wednesday, charged with attempting to jump a police officer’s fence.

It was alleged that on May 14, 2018 in Georgetown, Mark Hermanstyne attempted to commit a felony – larceny on police officer Harold Deonarine.

The teen who resides at Success, East Coast Demerara pleaded guilty to the charge.
However the defendant explained to the court that he was catching birds on the day in question when he saw bird seed plants on a fence. He hopped off his bicycle and attempted to pick the said bird seeds when the complainant pulled up on a motorcycle and accused him of attempting to enter his property.

Hermanstyne also informed the court that he was held and beaten before being handed over to the police.
Magistrate Fabayo Azore before whom he appeared entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and granted him bail in the sum of $25,000.
The matter was adjourned until June 6, 2018