Case dropped against man accused of damaging electronic monitoring bracelet
A man accused of tampering with his electronic monitoring bracelet had the charges dismissed.
Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo said the case against Gavaska Bascome was “the first of its kind” to be brought before the courts.
The 18-year-old had denied unlawfully damaging the bracelet on December 15, 2012 by forcibly removing its ankle strap.
Mr Tokunbo said the Crown had neglected to include a “crucial element” in the evidence.
Crown counsel Maria Sofianos conceded it hadn’t been proved that the ankle bracelet brought to court was indeed the device designated by the Minister of Legal Affairs.
The case against Bascome had to be dropped on that basis.
“We’ll know better next time,” Mr Tokunbo told the court.
Bascome is currently serving a five-year sentence in Westgate.
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