Jamaican mother granted bail

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- A teary mother sat in the defendant’s box at the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 with hopes of going home to her family rather than being sent back to Her Majesty’s Prison, St. Kitts.

Itasha Delliser, a national of Jamaica but who is also a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis got caught up with the law when she allegedly helped her son evade police custody. Delliser was charged on Thursday, October 10, 2013 with accessory after the fact for attempted murder; and accessory after the fact of burglary. She was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on Friday, October 11, 2013.

Delliser re-appeared in court on Tuesday with hopes of being a free woman until her trial date which may be in April of next year. Attorney for the defendant, Ricaldo Caines told the court that his client has been living on the island for seven years. She is employed at Oualie Beach Resort, and is the caretaker of two minor children, her daughter and her niece. She also has a husband who is seventy years old.

Caines told the court that the charges against his client were no light matter and if convicted she could be facing a two year sentence. He felt however that to have his client remanded until April of next year was in his mind, a bit too severe. He asked the Court to consider that the defendant has no other family member in Nevis and she was the only one who took care of the children. Caines indicated that his client was willing to abide by whatever measures the court deemed fit.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Stephen Hector was of a different opinion. Hector believed that the defendant should not be granted bail due to the nature of the charge brought against her- accessory to a crime. The Prosecution was not confident that the defendant would abide by the bail conditions. He told the court to take into consideration that she was a national of Jamaica and she could also try to leave the Federation.

After hearing both sides, Her Honor ruled in favor of Mr. Caines and she granted bail in the sum of $25, 000.00 with two (2) sureties. Delliser must surrender all travel documents and she is not to leave the Federation until the matter is resolved. Delliser is also to report to the New Castle Police Station once per week.

Her son remains remanded.

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