Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale today reprimanded and discharged a 24-year-old man who admitted to being involved in a rock-throwing incident last week.
Ken Carlisle Beckles, of Lot 14 Ashby Drive, Church Church, was accused of assaulting Akeem Griffith and throwing rocks on Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church on November 4.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Carrison Henry said the incident occurred after Griffith’s girlfriend informed him that she had been verbally abused by some men in the barbershop where Beckles works, as she stood waiting to enter a nearby supermarket.
Griffith approached the shop, where he engaged in a verbal exchange with the men. That confrontation eventually escalated and Beckles threw rocks across the road, just as a police vehicle was passing in the area.
However, Beckles, represented by attorney Mohia Ma’at, told the magistrate that Griffith made some threats towards him and had taken up some rocks as well.
“I was only defending myself, Sir,” Beckles, who described his weekend on remand as “hard”, explained.
Ma’at, meanwhile, urged the court to look favourably upon his client who was gainfully employed and a first-time offender. He requested that probation be ordered.
Instead, Magistrate Seale reprimanded and discharged Beckles, but not before handing him a piece of advice.
“You have to become more responsible than this. . . . Too many young people are thinking afterwards, after the fact. . . . That is why sometimes you will see [in the dock]. . . young men on murder charges and many of them, if they had only given a thought of their actions ,would not be sitting there. Because it is alright for the huff and the puff . . . but at the end of the day you stand alone or sit alone there [in the dock].”
Seale added: “Behave yourself. . . . First and last chance. Don’t come back.”