Attorney voluntarily returns to face charges

Attorney Patrick Gregory Schmid, who absconded from the jurisdiction in 2011, returned voluntarily on Thursday morning and appeared in court on Thursday afternoon. 

Grand Court Justice Charles Quin granted him conditional bail and he then appeared in Summary Court, where Magistrate Valdis Foldats imposed the same bail conditions. The defendant is to appear in both courts on Thursday, February 27. 

His Grand Court matter pertains to charges of importing and possessing 0.0085 of a gram of cocaine salt and 0.134 of a gram of methamphetamine when he arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport on a flight from Miami in July 2006.  

He pleaded not guilty in Summary Court. He was convicted in 2007, but his appeal was successful: the convictions were quashed and a retrial was ordered. 

He then elected to be tried in the Grand Court. Trial was set for November 2011. Meanwhile, he faced charges in Summary Court that included insulting the modesty of a woman and driving under the influence of alcohol. He pleaded not guilty and this trial was to have taken place on September 15, 2011, but he did not appear. 

“Patrick Schmid absconded from the island on these charges. He did not appear and a warrant was ordered. He surrenders voluntarily,” Crown Counsel Candia James told the court on Thursday. 

Bail conditions include a recognizance in the sum of $5,000 and two sureties in the sum of $5,000, a specified residence, curfew and reporting to police three times per week. His passport has been confiscated. 

Ms James said the Grand Court matter was set for mention on Feb. 27 so that a trial date could be set. Defense attorney Guy Dillaway-Parry asked for the same mention date for Summary Court. 

He was convicted in 2007, but his appeal was successful: the convictions were quashed and a retrial was ordered. 

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