Not only did he refused to put down his cutlass when asked by lawmen to do so but a 21-year-old man was adamant that he was not going to the Psychiatric Hospital despite a plea from his mother.
“Send me to jail, I don’t want to go the Psychiatric Hospital, I want to go jail. I know people up jail, I don’t know nobody at Psychi,” Kamal Kemar Harewood of Forde’s Road, Clapham, Christ Church told Magistrate Douglas Frederick this afternoon.
Harewood made the bold appeal after he pleaded guilty to having the weapon at Rendezvous Hill yesterday, as well as assaulting and resisting Police Constable Rommel Downes and resisting Station Sergeant Paul Vaughn.
In reading the police report prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim revealed that lawmen were in the area when they came across Harewood and another man in a heated argument with cutlasses raised.
The two men were ordered to drop their weapons but only the unidentified man complied, while Harewood remained “obstinate and continued to advance on the other man”.
It was only when police drew their service revolvers that Harewood complied and was detained.
“Don’t f****** touch me,” he allegedly told police as they tried to get him under control, resulting in a violent struggle which led to the offences being committed against the police.
Pilgrim also revealed that Harewood, who has a number of pending matters before the court, and the unidentified man are involved in an ongoing dispute and reside in close proximity to each other.
In mitigating on Harewood’s behalf his attorney Safiya Moore admitted that her client did have pending matters before the court but had no previous convictions. She pointed to his early guilty plea and said his anger got the better of him and “it should never have been directed at the police”.
“It was not a case that he went home to get the cutlass, it [the incident] happened on his job site as he sells coconuts,” Moore submitted.
However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick said; “His name is being called all the time. Something is wrong. Police said to stop, drop it and he is still advancing.
“You know how it get to this point . . . it’s because these cases are taking too long in the system. He has cases from 2013 and nothing has happened to them yet. Let me get some information on him to see how best I can treat him now that I have him here . . . . This is some serious [offences] against the values that we have in Barbados.
“Bad boys get beaten, as you are in defending yourself, but when the police come on the scene respect the police. If he was in [another country] do you think he would be here? He living in the best country in the world.”
Harewood became agitated when his mother took the stand to explain his situation. She revealed that he suffered from mental health issues and not only was he not taking his medicine, but he was also “smoking marijuana”.
She added that he needed “rest” and hinted that the magistrate sends him to the Psychiatric Hospital. However, Harewood was adamant that he was his own man.
“I don’t want to go Psychi, I want jail,” he declared and was remanded to Dodds until September 21.