Johnny Holder, one of five men who were granted bail on several charges in connection with a series of violent and dishonest offenses, reportedly committed at Campden Park on November 3, was jailed on Tuesday for breaching one of his bail conditions.
Senior Magistrate Colin John sentenced the 23-year-old Lowmans Leeward man to three months in prison for breaching a dust-to-dawn curfew on December 2, and three months for breaching the same curfew on December 8.
The sentences, handed down at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, will run concurrently, which means that Holder will spend three months behind bars.
The Court heard that on November 6, 2023, Holder facing seven indictable charges, appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne at the Serious Offences Court where he was granted $20,000 bail with one surety. His bail conditions included a curfew, requiring that he stay at home from 7pm to 6am daily.
Around 10:20pm on December 2, Corporal 134 Ballantyne, acting on information, went to Holder’s home, but he was not there.
Corporal Ballantyne inquired about his whereabouts, but nobody seemed to know anything.
Around 8:40p.m on December 8, Corporal 45 Forde telephoned Constable 296 Frederick who was on mobile duty and instructed him to go to Holder’s home to ensure that he was there. Frederick followed the instructions and but Holder was not at home.
Around 6:50pm on December 10, Forde led a party of officers to Holder’s home. He was not there, and when Forde questioned his grandmother as to his whereabouts, she told the police that Holder went to one of Maxwell’s home.
Forde told her that if Holder was not at home by 7pm, he would be breaching an order of the Court. His grandmother then left the yard hurriedly, shouting his name, and returned with him around 6:58pm. Forde reminded him about the Court order, pointed out the offense, and cautioned him.
When Forde asked him why he breached the order, Holder replied, “I went hunting on the 2nd, and the second time the police came I was in the house locked up. My girlfriend locked me in the house and went away.”
Attorney Grant Connell represented Holder.
Among the charges the five men are facing are robbery, burglary, aggravated burglary, damage to property, and abduction. Those matters are slated for a later date.