There were sighs of disbelief today in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court as three accused were told that they would spend the next 28 days at Dodds awaiting their fate.
They are 24-year-old Shamaine Alexander Hinkson, of Lower Brighton, St George; 29-year-old Adrian Renaldo Trotman and his 18-year-old brother Damario Addison Brathwaite both of Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church.
The trio pleaded guilty to robbing Nathaniel Garnes, on May 2 of a $100 pair of earphones, a $50 wallet, a Barbados identification card and $5.50 in cash.
Sergeant St Clair Philips says Garnes was making his way through Gateway Mall around 5:05 p.m. heading towards the Fairchild Street Terminal when he came across the accused who pounced on him and beat him about the body.
The prosecutor revealed that Garnes suffered several blows to his face and received a contusion to the eye. The accused were subsequently identified, arrested and charged.
Brathwaite had no substantial explanation for Magistrate Douglas Frederick only saying: “I had see people doing it”.
Trotman meanwhile who was released from prison in 2018 said it was not his intention to commit the crime.
“My little brother hold the fella and my friend hold he too. I didn’t know that my little brother had taken the man wallet and headphones so I get charge because I was there . . . . It wasn’t my intention to do it . . . . Honestly and truly I don’t want to go back to prison,’ Trotman explained.
Hinkson also gave an explanation to the magistrate: “I ain’t take nothing from him I just plant a couple of slaps on him. He (Brathwaite) told me that the gentleman was in an altercation with him and looking to do him something. I just say since we together I would try to defend he. This is four years and some now that I wasn’t in any altercation with the law.”
Magistrate Frederick pulled no punches in making his displeasure known.
“Wunna have no reasonable excuse for doing this. Two big men letting a little boy get you’ll in this. Foolish excuses!” the magistrate stated.
However Brathwaite’s brush with the law was not over as he pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting Tranikko Brown-Carter on February 12 as well as possession, possession with intent to supply, possession with intent to traffic and cultivation of 23 marijuana plants worth $195 on May 4.
The illegal substance was found in drums and buckets when police executed a warrant at his house.
“I was just trying out something,” Brathwaite told the magistrate in his defence.
The three will reappear in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on June 3 when they are expected to know their fate.