(BVI NEWS) – A mother who had signed the bail bond for her son Michael Ashby must now pay a hefty $60,000 levy, which the court activated because her son reportedly violated his bail conditions.
Ashby was on bail for a burglary that happened back in May but Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin revoked that bail on Wednesday, August 15, when he appeared before the court for a new and unrelated burglary charge.
The court heard that Ashby committed this new burglary a month after he was granted bail for the first offence.
The Crown said the house was being repaired when the incident happened.
It is reported that he was arrested on June 18 but denied committing the offence. He, however, provided samples of his fingerprints to police and was subsequently released.
The court heard the fingerprint samples matched those that were lifted from the home that was burglarized, and Ashby was rearrested on August 14.
‘I promise to not get in trouble again, I have kids’
In court, Ashby pleaded to be granted bail and noted that he is a father of four. He further noted that being remanded will create a backlog of his bills.
However, a no-nonsense Magistrate Benjamin told Ashby he should have taken all those factors into consideration before he allegedly broke the law, especially while on bail.
The previous offence
He reported burglarized the establishment on May 15 while equipped with a flashlight and a shopping bag. When appeared in court weeks ago for that offence, he was offered $60,000 signed bail. His mother acted as his signed surety, and a condition of his bail was for him keep out of trouble while on bail. If not his mother would be made to pay the $60,000.
Ashby is scheduled to reappear before the court on September 21.