Seven young men between the ages of 16 and 20 appeared in a Bridgetown court today on a burglary charge. Four pleaded guilty, six were released on bail while the youngest was remanded to Dodds.
They are 16-year-old Jadario Jelina Murray, of Cherry Tree, Clevedale Road, Back Rock, St Michael, 19-year-old Sadayo Tehuti Lakista Cox, of Goddard’s Road, St Stephens, St Michael, 18-year-old Tremaine Akeem Bruce, of Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael, 18-year-old Jamar Andre Corey Arthur, of Goddard’s Road, St Stephens, St Michael, and 20-year-old Rashawn Steven Waterman, 19-year-old Chae Stefan Roach and 18-year-old Shaquan Ethan Boyce, all of St Stephens Hill, St Michael.
Murray, Waterman, Roach and Boyce pleaded guilty to entering La Cabane bar and restaurant as trespassers and stealing a $40 surge protector, 30 beers worth $90, two scrubbing brushes worth $15, two packs of sugar worth $20 and a $10 strainer on September 24; while Cox, Bruce and Arthur said they were not guilty of the offence.
Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim objected to bail for Arthur and Murray on the grounds that they were already on bail; had a case each pending before the court and fears that they would re-offend if granted bail for a second time.
However, Arthur’s attorney Alvan Babb, who is also representing Boyce and Cox, told the court his client was a fit candidate for bail despite his previous grant of bail.
“The charges before the court are mere allegations and it is still our law that a person is innocent until proven guilty,” Babb said, adding that conditions could be imposed on his client such as a curfew to “keep him in check . . . and curtail his movements.”
“I have not heard anything from the prosecutor that is substantial enough to deny this young man bail,” the defence attorney added.
In his application for bail Murray said: “I was there pun de scene. I am sorry for doing it [and] I will never do it again . . . I asking for a chance”.
However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the 16-year-old that he was already on $3,000 bail for a similar offence, had now found himself in further trouble and was in a more precarious position than the other accused.
It was at this point that attorney-at-law Shadia Simpson stepped in and made a bail application on Murray’s behalf.
“Sir he has pleaded guilty at the onset and has not wasted the court’s time which shows that he is ready to face the consequences of his actions. He is a first-time offender and is only 16 years old . . . and to remand him to prison will expose him to worse influence. I submit that he be granted his liberty pending sentencing,” Simpson said.
However, her application was denied after Murray’s mother stated that he needed help as he had “a problem with stealing”.
Frederick then stated that he needed to find out what was going on with the teenager as he had been before the courts on two charges.
“I have to find out what is wrong with you, why you back here again. So I need to order a presentencing report to find out . . . ,” the magistrate stated as he remanded Murray to Dodds until October 25.
And while Murray began his first of several nights at the St Philip penal institution his six co-accused got to go home on $3,000 bail to return to the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on January 17.
The magistrate, however, said that he would not impose any bail conditions on them and left it up to the parents, one of whom made it clear that he would be back before the court post haste if his son did not fall in line.
“I don’t have time for this nonsense! If he is not listening to my rules I coming and revoke the bail,” the parent said.