Curfew broken, parole is revoked

Jason Orlando Hydes, 24, pleaded
guilty in Summary Court last week to giving a false name and false address to
police officers who questioned him in the vicinity of a nightclub in April. He
told them he was James John Ebanks and gave them an address in a part of George
Town that was different from his actual residence.

After hearing that Hydes had since
had his parole licence revoked, Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale sentenced
him to seven days imprisonment. “Given the size of Cayman…how long do you
think that deception would have lasted? It was a stupid thing to do, don’t you
agree?” “Yes, ma’am, Hydes replied. 

Senior Crown Counsel Trevor Ward
and Defence Attorney John Furniss set out the background to the offence and the
consequences.

They explained that Hydes had been
released from prison on parole, but with certain conditions. One of them was a
curfew from 9pm. The incident that led to Hydes being questioned occurred after
midnight.

One week after the first incident,
officers saw Hydes out again after his curfew, around 1am. The first time they
had bailed him to return to the police station. The second time, they told him
his parole officer would be informed.

Hydes had been monitored by Justice
Alex Henderson in the Grand Court. Justice Henderson dealt with the curfew
breaches in May by revoking Hydes’ licence to be at large and remanding him to
prison.

At that hearing, Mr. Furniss
pointed out that the judge had previously said he would give a later curfew if
things went well. However, the judge had also indicated his concern and said he
was seriously minded to send Hydes back to prison if there were breaches.

Justice Henderson agreed. He said
Hydes had clearly understood the conditions of his parole and he had received
clear warnings from the court that if he breached his licence, the licence
would be revoked. “I do not think the court can now shrink from carrying out
that which it warned Mr. Hydes it would do.”

The judge said that, for the parole
and probation systems to work, it was essential for the court to be seen as
taking a firm stance when orders were breached.

The first incident occurred when
Hydes “took a chance” and went out with his brother. The second incident
occurred six nights later when Hydes fell asleep at someone’s house and was
getting a ride to his own residence. The driver stopped at a nightclub and
officers saw Hydes in the car.

In Summary Court, Mr. Ward advised
the magistrate that Justice Henderson had told Hydes he could apply for release
after four months.

Mr. Furniss added
that if Hydes did not get re-licensed for parole, he could potentially serve
his original sentence, which would be up in December 2011.

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