A Bridgetown Magistrate today seemed puzzled by the way mothers repeatedly come to the law courts to stand as sureties for their accused sons, who have more than one matter before the court.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick expressed that view to a mother whom he had recently seen, when she signed as her son’s surety.
That son was back before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today accused of assaulting Shamone Carter and occasioning her actual bodily harm on February 25.
However, Zeco Chabarry Kemal Pilgrim denied that charge and was granted $3 000 bail. Pilgrim lives at Marshall & Parkinson Road, Tudor Bridge, St Michael.
When the accused’s name was called, the Magistrate mentioned that it sounded familiar, at which time Pilgrim agreed that he had come to court before.
When it was time for the surety to be sworn, again Frederick thought that she looked familiar too.
“You didn’t sign bail for him already?’
“Yes Sir,” the mother said.
“And you’re back here again. What happen to the saying the old people had that ‘if you get in trouble once, I coming but if your name get call again, I ain’t coming nowhere’? . . . . These young mothers coming to court again and again and again . . . and running behind these boys all the time,” he added.
“Do you work?” Frederick inquired.
The woman said she did.
“And what time you have to get there?”
“Half past eight.”
“Well you should have gone. His name is becoming too familiar. It is not Andrew Pilgrim who has business in the court but Zeco Pilgrim, Zeco Pilgrim, Zeco Pilgrim”.
When the court enquired, it learnt that Pilgrim has two cases of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm and another for wounding which are pending.
The case will come up for hearing again on May 5.