When Demali Donte Rashawn Prescott, of Block 13E Downhill Drive, Eden Lodge, St Michael first appeared in court last month, he was not required to plea to the indictable charge which Magistrate Douglas Frederick read to him in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
Prescott is charged with escaping from the Psychiatric Hospital on August 13 this year, while being a prisoner in custody at the Government Industrial School from April 17, having been sentenced to serve five years imposed on him by the Holetown Magistrates’ Court after being convicted of having an offensive weapon.
Welfare Officer Joseph Lawrence was also present at court this afternoon and he requested that Prescott be transferred to HMP Dodds. The reason was that Prescott had now made three attempts to escape, two of which were successful and the institution was no longer able to secure him.
Today, Deputy Principal of the Government Industrial School, Ronald Brathwaite, testified that Prescott had escaped twice but his last attempt had been foiled. In one instance, he was recaptured a month later.
Brathwaite also said that the District ‘C’ Magistrate had already warned Prescott but the GIS had asked to continue working with him further but “he does not seem to want to stay at the school”.
“At this time, we don’t seem to be able to contain Demali and he has been given many chances,” Brathwaite concluded.
During his address before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, Prescott repeated what he had said previously, which was that his mother is not in the best of health and has been unable to visit him.
Prescott said he asked and it was agreed that he would be taken to see her since late June but it did not happen.
“I never try to escape – that is what I hear,” Prescott said today. “I want a chance to prove myself to people ‘cause jail real hard.”
“Sending me jail ain’t making it no better for me; I want to be out there helping my family,” the teen said.
Magistrate Frederick explained both to the boy and his mother that his escape attempts mean that he cannot return to GIS and the only alternative was HMP Dodds.
“You can’t be out there on the streets because you need intervention in your life . . . they tried to work with you several times . . . ” the magistrate stressed.
“That is what he say. If them did try to work with me, you feel I woulda run away?” Prescott asked.
The magistrate advised the Deputy Principal to do the paperwork necessary to show that the school was no longer able to keep Prescott and to lodge that information at Holetown.
Frederick explained that since Prescott was already serving a sentence, he now had to continue doing so at the prison but the original sentencing court had to be notified.
In speaking to Prescott’s mother – who was on crutches – the magistrate told her that even though her son had said he wanted to see her on several occasions, “that is not the way to do it.”
Prescott’s escape case was adjourned until November 18.