Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today sought to make it clear that the laws of the country were not meant to be “oppressive”.
She made the comment after a mother explained that her teenage son, who pleaded guilty along with two others to committing three robberies, had left his job in order to complete 80 hours of community service imposed by the court.
“Wrong idea. Wrong concept. That should never have happened. It pains my heart to hear this,” the magistrate said.
She added: “the law is not meant to be oppressive. If that was the case then something is fundamentally wrong. The community service was imposed on him to assist him . . . the law is to be rehabilitative. Any time community service is given it is in order to give back to society.”
Cuffy-Sargeant then encouraged the teen to complete the eleven remaining hours as soon as possible and to make another attempt at finding gainful employment.
She also reminded the three teens that as part of their bail conditions they should not venture to the Dover and St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church areas and to adhere to their 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
The three, who are currently on $5,000 bail each, have also now been warned not to visit Bridgetown and its environs during the Christmas period.
The teens will return to court on February 12 next year for an update on their community service.