Woman charged after WB house explosion

Defendant on work permit, Crown objects to bail

Lita Mea Chollette Davis was remanded in custody on Tuesday after Crown Counsel Nicole Petit objected to bail on the basis that, as a person on a work permit, she would be a flight risk.  

Davis, 49, appeared in Summary Court charged with damage to property and arson.  

Ms Petit said Davis was arrested after there was an explosion at a house on Fig Close in West Bay in the early hours of Saturday, 15 October.  

She read from a police summary of the circumstances of the case and also quoted from Davis’ interview with police in which the defendant gave an account of events that night.  

Ms Petit said Davis and her boyfriend had been drinking at a West Bay bar. When they got home, an argument developed and a fight ensued between them.  

Davis ran into the yard and he locked her out. She became angry and disconnected the propane tank from its hose that ran into the kitchen. She attempted to throw the tank through a side window and on the second attempt succeeded. Mr. Henry was possibly smoking at the time and an explosion occurred. 

Ms Petit said Mr. Henry was thrown from the house into nearby bushes. He was badly burned on his arms, legs, head and feet. He was currently in hospital. 

In an interview after her arrest, Davis admitted she and her boyfriend had both been drinking and she became drunk. During the fight, she said, she was punched in the nose by Mr. Henry. 

After she ran out of the house, she was locked out. She said she was shoving on the door and then began breaking out a window with a rock. 

Then she “haul” the cylinder of gas. “It was hard to get out. I don’t know where I get the strength … I throw it through the window,” she was quoted as telling police. 

She did not know if Mr. Henry was smoking and she didn’t intend to hurt anyone or cause damage. She said she was sorry. 

Magistrate Nova Hall asked if charges were being brought in connection with Mr. Henry’s injuries, but there was no certain answer at the time. A police officer present told the court he was still in the critical ward. 

The magistrate asked who owned the house. Ms Petit advised both Davis and Mr. Henry were tenants. 

The next question had to do with bail. Ms Petit said Davis had no previous convictions. However, this case seemed to be one of extreme rage brought on by drinking. The Crown objected to bail on the basis Davis was on a work permit and therefore presented a flight risk.  

Davis, who had cried quietly during the summary of facts, was asked if she was getting a lawyer. “I don’t have facility to pay,” she said. 

The magistrate said she would not make any ruling on bail because Davis might get a lawyer who could present a strong argument in her favour. 

She remanded Davis in custody until Tuesday, 25 October when the matter will be mentioned again. 

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