Failure to follow the orders of a Bridgetown court has landed a teenager in HMP Dodds.
Rico Akeem Nurse, 19, of Four Hill, Indian Ground, St Peter, was remanded when he was brought into the District ‘A’ Criminal Court today by a court marshal.
Nurse appeared in court in April last year accused of three serious offences.
It is alleged that he was present with other persons who used unlawful violence on January 9, 2016, and their conduct taken together was such that it would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety. He was granted $2,500 bail with one surety on that charge and given a June 17 date to return to court.
The teen had pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Gary Walters on January 9, 2016 and was ordered to perform 180 hours of community service, and also placed on probation for a year, after admitting to robbing Rodrick Yearwood of US$200 on January 4, 2016. Those sentences were imposed on May 2, 2016.
However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick pointed out today that Nurse never showed up for the June court hearing or any other since then; neither was he fulfilling the community service.
When Nurse’s surety was called in today, after a court marshal brought the accused man in, she told the magistrate she did not know Nurse was not attending court and she had no idea why, since “he lives in the country”.
That explanation did not satisfy Magistrate Frederick who told the surety that her $2,500 was on the line.
“He is not coming, he is not doing the community service, and he hasn’t shown up for a long time. He lives in St Peter but is seen in Deacons Farm and he [is] going to get tricked because he is a country boy come town. You signed the $2,500 and you don’t have it,” the magistrate told the surety.
Frederick then ordered her to return to court on Friday with the teen’s mother.
“Bring his mother so she can explain, because he is seriously defaulting….We will keep him in the meantime,” Frederick said.