But because he’d worked the night before in the cab, the battery on his cellphone had drained, so he could not call anyone, the lawyer continued. “A stranger gave him a ride,” said the lawyer.
Whitehead, a former high-ranking prosecutor, pointed out that Limat had offered five different excuses during a hearing on Thursday.
Limat had even claimed that he did arrive at the Salem courthouse at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Then, when told the building was still open and there had been no sign of him, he changed his account to say it was after 4:30.
“I frankly just don’t have confidence in his intention to appear back here after today,” said Whitehead.
Josaphat pleaded with the judge to let Limat out of jail, saying his family has planned a birthday party for him on Dec. 29, and offering to surrender any documents he might need to leave the country and return to his native Haiti.
Previously, Limat had told the judge he’d lost his passport — an assertion Whitehead also cast doubt on yesterday.
“He’s lucky he got Christmas,” said Whitehead. “I’m afraid he’s going to have to have his birthday celebration in Middleton (jail).”
The judge then asked a clerk to immediately impose the two-year sentence.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.