Crime — 27 June 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Man remanded for burglarizing a police officer’s home

A Mahogany Heights resident was remanded into prison after he was arraigned on charges of burglary and use of threatening words when he appeared before newly appointed Magistrate, Herbert Panton, in his Court #3 this afternoon.

Kenroy Parham, a resident and laborer of the Mahogany Heights community at Mile 31 on the George Price Highway, pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

Parham attempted to explain to the court what had transpired in the incident which led to the charges against him. He told Magistrate Panton that the comments that had been classified as “threatening” were made to a young woman to whom he had been speaking, and at no time did he address his comments to the police officer.

But the Magistrate explained to him that he did not have to say anything at that time, and that he should consider the serious nature of the offense of burglary, with which he was being charged.

While bail can be offered for the offenses for which Parham is charged, the court prosecutor objected to bail being granted to him on the grounds that the crime of burglary is very prevalent, and the matter is so serious that it prompted parliament to amend the law so that persons convicted of burglary will now be sentenced to 7 years in prison.

The prosecutor also pointed out that Parham has an outstanding court fine of $205 that he had failed to pay since March, 2013.

Magistrate Panton upheld the submissions of the prosecutor and remanded Parham into custody until his next court appearance on July 29.

The allegations against Parham is that between April 23 and 24, 2014, he entered as a trespasser, the home of Police Constable #1430, Darrien Arzu, and stole his black Phillips flat screen television valued at $1,300 and his Timberland boots, valued at $135. The total value of the two items he allegedly stole was $1,425.

Parham allegedly told PC Arzu: “I wah put two bullets into your head,” resulting in the charge of use of threatening words.

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