Pupil on bail for stealing from teacher
...accused of swiping smart device on first day of school
A 14-year-old pupil, who on the first day of the new school term allegedly stole a teacher's hand-held computer device, was yesterday placed on bail with the condition that there be no communication with the alleged victim.
The second form pupil appeared before San Fernando Magistrate Annette McKenzie, who said she was concerned about the interaction that could take place between the defendant or his family and art teacher Michael Norgriff.
She warned that should contact be made, the boy's bail will be revoked.
The child's father stood next to him during the court proceedings.
The charge was read that at the school on Monday, the pupil allegedly stole a Samsung Galaxy Tablet valued $3,500, the property of Norgriff.
The teenager was charged by Constable Noyan.
The court was told that the pupil was not Norgriff's student and would have another art teacher for the term.
The teenager had not been suspended from attending school.
McKenzie said because the matter involved a minor and a teacher, it ought not to be "dragging on endlessly".
She set the case to next be called on October 2 when disclosure is to be handed over to defence attorney Jason Jackson.
The boy was placed on $10,000 bail with the condition that neither he nor anyone on his behalf, who McKenzie said includes his father, mother, aunt and "nennen", is to communicate with Norgriff either through text messages, phone calls, letters, e-mails or sign language.
The magistrate told the boy's father that should that happen, "your son's bail will be taken away and he will be placed in custody".
"Until the matter is finished don't even look in the direction of Mr Norgriff," said McKenzie.
The art teacher said he needed to have use of the device and police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said that arrangements will be made to have the electronic item photographed and then returned to Norgriff.