He is accused of assaulting his own father on January 1 this year.
However, ironically, it was an intervention by the said victim that stopped 51-year-old Winston Trevor Bynoe, of Block 4C, St Matthias, Christ Church, from going to prison today.
In outlining the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, told the court that on the day in question, the father and son got into an altercation, during which Bynoe struck his father in the head while his back was turned.
Today, Bynoe apologized for his actions. He also informed the court that he was an outpatient of the Psychiatric Hospital.
“I apologize for being so cruel. I would like to go on rehab too, because I am an outpatient at the mental hospital,” he said.
However, Frederick accused the defendant of using his mental diagnosis as a “get out of jail free card”. He then asked to hear from the father, who broke down in tears while on the witness stand.
“Something is wrong with the mental institution that when you take him there, they let him out. That is not the child I know and love, look at him,” the tearful father said, while appealing for help for his son and for him not to be sent to prison.
Bynoe was therefore remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for three weeks.
“A mental patient has a responsibility to be civil. You know what is right from wrong. That is why you came here and apologized. You are lucky your father begged for you,” said Frederick.