A part-time pastor accused of breaking into his former partner’s home and stealing US$20 was yesterday bonded to keep the peace after the complainant told the court that she no longer wanted to proceed with the matter.
It is alleged that on January 4, Dion Pollydore, 41, broke and entered the dwelling house of Natasha Stanford and stole US$20.
Pollydore pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Sueanna Lovell before whom he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
After the charge was read, the prosecution indicated to the court that the virtual complainant (VC) no longer wanted to testify against the defendant.
When given a chance to speak, the VC stated that she had forgiven the defendant.
The address of the father of four was given as 24 George Avenue, Lamaha Springs, the same residence where the alleged break-in was said to have occurred.
The magistrate said she found it strange that someone living at the address in dispute could break into his own property.
She also enquired from Stanford whether she was using the court and charges against the defendant “as a weapon”.
Magistrate Lovell cautioned Stanford that the charge she had levelled against the defendant was a serious one.
The VC, in response, said that she and Pollydore had once shared a relationship and that he no longer resided at the address which they once shared. “I put him out,” she said.
After hearing the case, the magistrate informed the defendant to have the police accompany him to the woman’s residence to uplift belongings which he explained he had left there. She then placed him on a bond to keep the peace for six months and informed both parties that the matter was dismissed.