From the Courts
April 28, 2017
Tattoo artist charged with attempted murder granted bail

After spending more than a week remanded in police custody, Joseph ‘South’ Bailey was granted $30,000 bail on Tuesday, April 25, at the Serious Offences Court.

An indictable charge was laid against the tattoo artist for the attempted murder of Rose Place resident Patrick Nero on April 9, 2017.

When he first appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias on April 18, Bailey was remanded in police custody, after the court learned that Nero was still warded at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital with a bullet lodged in the left side of his chest.

However, on Tuesday, senior prosecutor Adolphus Delpesche informed the court that Nero was discharged from the hospital and is no longer under that threat.

Delpesche did not object to Bailey’s bail. Instead, he asked for sufficiency of surety and for the accused to hand over any travel documents he may own.

Delpesche also asked that reporting conditions be imposed on the Cane Hall resident and that stop orders be placed at all ports of entry and exit.

Finally, the senior prosecutor asked that Bailey have no contact with the virtual complainant.

As a result, Bailey was granted bail in the sum of $30,000 with one surety.

He was ordered to have no contact with Nero and to report to the Central Police Station on Mondays and Thursdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bailey was further ordered to surrender all travel documents and stop orders were placed at all ports of exit and entry.

He also needs the express permission of the court to leave the state.

The accused is to reappear before the court on July 27, 2017, when a preliminary inquiry into the matter is scheduled.

Bailey is represented by lawyer Grant Connell. (AS)