Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today chastised a father and an aunt for the “negative words” they were using when speaking to a teenage relative.
It occurred when Carl Trevor Krishna, 18, formerly of Peterkins Land, Bank Hall, St Michael, returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2 for continuation of a matter in which he is a defendant.
Krishna and three others are jointly charged with entering Errie’s Tyre Service at Hothersal Turning, St Michael last July 15 and stealing $990 belonging to Eric Clarke and $350 belonging to Fabian Griffith.
Today, Krishna’s surety – his aunt — informed the court of her desire to withdraw from that position. She said he “is not hearing and is refusing supervision”.
She also said that even though he did not use abusive language towards her, he was disrespectful and had broken his 6 p.m. curfew by coming home after 11 p.m. or later.
“You heard what your aunt said?” the magistrate told Krishna. He did not answer for some time but eventually uttered: “She wicked. She always provoking me all the time.”
“When you say she is wicked, what do you mean?” the magistrate asked.
Reluctant to answer, the accused eventually said: “She does curse yuh stink and tell me all kinda things. I ain’t got to repeat what she say. She wicked.”
The aunt said whenever she tells her nephew about keeping off the block, he does not listen to her so she no longer tells him anything. She told the court that the police were looking for Krishna “all now” after he put a knife to his father’s throat.
“He is not nobody innocent,” she stressed.
Attorney for the accused Samuel Legay acknowledged that his client has a “serious” anger issue. However, the attorney said he believed it was aggravated by remarks from his father and aunt. Legay said according to what he was told, they tell Krishna that he ought to be in jail.
The attorney recalled an occasion when he met the accused in Bridgetown and “he was in tears”, complaining about the way his relatives were treating him and begging to get out of that environment.
Krishna is now living with a friend, he said.
When Krishna’s father was called to testify, he told the court that his son did not listen to anyone and even though it was hard to say, “the truth is the truth”.
The father explained that he took his son to work with him on a truck and while he was in the rain offloading material, his son was sitting inside the truck listening to the radio instead of helping him.
The magistrate said it sounded as though both he and his sister had given up on the accused, adding that she was disappointed in them for doing so.
“If you make negative comments to a child, that is what they will remember. I have said this time and time again; you do not provoke a child to anger,” she said.
“He wants to do better and we as adults have to help young people. Even when they go to jail, when they come back out, you have to guide and nurture them. You can’t give up on him; he is only 18.”
Asked how he spoke to his son, the father said no matter how he spoke to Krishna, even “real gentle . . . he does not want to listen to anything”.
The father was adamant that he did not wish bad things for either of his children.
“I have been father and mother to both of them,” he stressed, adding that the other one was making the honour roll at a secondary school every term.
Krishna’s aunt was replaced by another surety. Therefore, he and his co-accused will continue on $5,000 bail until June 6 when they are scheduled to reappear in court.