Magistrate Douglas Frederick seemed at a loss today as to what would cause a 21-year-old man to rob a young woman at knife-point, while dragging her into a bushy area.
He therefore remanded Jamel Lorenzo Hunte, after he admitted to robbing a United States exchange student of her cellular phone on May 2.
A pre-sentencing report was ordered on the Waterman Terrace, Green Hill, St Michael youth, who returns to court on June 10.
The District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court heard from acting Station Sergeant Neville Watson that Deryn Duesbery was walking along Batts Rock beach collecting seashells when Hunte approached and tried to talk to her.
She refused to engage him and walked on. Hunte followed her, held her from behind and put a knife to her throat.
He then began dragging her into some bushes near to the unfinished Four Seasons Hotel property. Even though she screamed, he continued dragging her.
He also took the student’s cellular phone and demanded that she give him the unlock code in exchange for her release. She did so and Hunte left with the phone.
Days later, police came across him at the same beach, with the cellular phone in tow.
“You are bold . . . and daring . . . and dumb,” Frederick told Hunte today, “because police went back to the same Batts Rock and found you with the phone”.
“I did it Sir,” Hunte explained, “but I didn’t do it in no meaningful way.”
Hunte said he had planned to return the device to the student the same day but police caught him before he could do so.
“But what is going on with you? What would make you do something like that?” the magistrate queried.
The court heard that Hunte has no previous convictions but is currently on bail on a rape charge.
“Even though you are not known, the facts of this matter call for some protection against society. And I need to get more in-depth into your life. I need to see what is happening with you. You are a young fellow. You shouldn’t be getting involved in these sort of things,” Magistrate Frederick remarked, as he expressed particular concern over Hunte dragging the woman into bushes.
“So I couldn’t pay a fine or something so?” Hunte asked.
“Do you have any idea how serious this offence is?” the magistrate asked.