(Trinidad Express) Charged with marrying a woman while being legally married to another, Marlon Joseph appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate yesterday, where he was denied bail as the court was not too sure about his address.
Joseph, 36, who gave his address as Jackson Street, Curepe, was not called upon to plead, as the charge was laid indictably.
According to the charge as was read out in court, in 2008 Joseph married a woman named Sarah Williams and in 2009 he got married to another woman, Antonia Charlerie, without first divorcing Williams.
Standing before Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor, the slightly balding, jherry-curl-sporting Joseph didn’t have much to say.
His attorney, Ivan Daniel, spoke on his behalf, stating that his client’s offence was a bailable one. He also said Joseph was not a flight risk when questions about his address arose.
The issue with his address was that in the first few minutes of his appearance, Joseph said he had been living at the Jackson Street, Curepe, address for the last two years; and then on another occasion, he said he moved there three months ago.
Magistrate Baboolal-Gafoor questioned the two stories and then requested the arresting officer, Cpl Junior Bernard, to conduct a trace on Joseph.
Attorney Daniel also said his client was the father of two children.
In the end, however, Magistrate Baboolal-Gafoor adjourned the case to Monday to allow the police to trace Joseph to determine if he had any other matters pending and to properly verify his address.