A male prostitute was remanded in police custody after his bail hearing was partially heard by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith yesterday afternoon when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.
The allegations are that the accused man is said to have robbed a cellphone from a tourist in New Kingston. The complainant thought it was a woman but when the alleged robber was apprehended it turned out to be a man.
The complainant reported to the police that he was ambushed by a group of female thieves, who escaped from him while he chased them down. But after the police investigation, it was later discovered that the robbers were male prostitutes, who were all dressed as women in bright colors patrolling the area.
Per the defendant’s bail application, his attorney argued that the complainant may have been bewildered by the similar dressing amongst the men and simply pointed out the accused via mere circumstantial evidence.
Defense counsel, in submitting its application for bail, stated that the accused did not participate in the robbery and was very compliant with the police. The attorney of the accused also argued that he has not had access to proper healthcare since being in lock-up from January 8, and asked to approach the bench to disclose the sensitivity of the accused’s health status.
In response, Justice Smith ordered the crown to speed up its process in completing its file. The male crossed-dresser is set to return to court on July 16.