A sixteen-year-old who was living between his father’s Carrington Village, St Michael home and his mother’s at Friendly Hall, St Lucy, was told to pack and return to his mother’s residence.
This occurred today after Joshua Brewster, of Murrells Road, Carrington Village, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court. The teen pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting Rashad Herbert and assaulting Abijah Joseph, occasioning him actual bodily harm on April 15.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Neville Reid, both assaults came out of the same April 15 incident. Brewster, he said, was accustomed to making insulting remarks to Joseph. Last Wednesday, Brewster was in a group of other males when he slapped Joseph in the face and later threw a rock which hit Herbert in his head. He and Joseph fought and the complainant got some minor injuries.
Attorney-at-law Duana Peterson, who represented Brewster, told the court that having known him from the time he “was an embryo,” she was surprised by his involvement in such matters.
She added that the up and coming trombonist was currently enrolled at the Barbados O’Level Institute and at this stage, he seemed to be “a young man who is simply at a crossroads.”
Peterson urged the court to consider options other than those which would record a conviction against the youngster and thereby affect his future opportunities.
“This should be a wake-up call in relation to the company he keeps and the company he follows,” the lawyer stressed.
“The accused stands at the mercy of the court in terms of sentencing.” Peterson reminded the court that Brewster had pleaded guilty immediately and had taken full responsibility for his actions.
Acting Magistrate Seale felt that it would be better for Brewster to reside in Friendly Hall, where the very name suggests that he would be less likely to get into trouble.
“You allow lawless people to carry you someplace to do foolishness.
Seale then ordered a presentencing report on the teen and adjourned the case until June 17.