Eight men were given electronic tags in court on Thursday morning, which means they will be monitored 24 hours a day and must stay in their homes. *Overseas iStock photo
Eight men were given electronic tags in court on Thursday morning, which means they will be monitored 24 hours a day and must stay in their homes. *Overseas iStock photo

THURSDAY, DEC. 22: The first set of electronic monitoring devices were handed out in Magistrates Court today.

Troy Hewey was the first to receive the tag this morning.

Mr Hewey, 17, pleaded not guilty to causing serious assault to a police officer on December 19 in an increased penalty zone, the Arboretum.

The court heard he was riding a scrambler bike in the Arboretum and when told to stop by police officers, he rode the bike directly into one.

The officer was taken to hospital for treatment.

Kenneth Caines, 27, Jermaine Lovell, 33, Ian DeSilva, 36, K'Wonde Lathan, 21, Terrence Christopher, 21, Skyah Furbert, 20, and DeVaughn Whitfield, 27, were the second set of defendants to be given the tags this morning.

They were charged with wounding Angelo Smith and Allan Butterfield on December 18 at Docksiders.

The Electronic Monitoring Act 2011, which allows authorities to monitor defendants who are on bail, was passed in the Senate last week.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told the men the tag meant they would be monitored 24 hours a day and must stay in their homes.

The only way they can leave is with permission from a probation officer.