The pre-sentencing report on a young man who smashed 19 windows and a plant pot at the historic St Mary’s Church is ready.
Today, Friday, attorneys will make sentencing submissions before the No. 2 Supreme Court and Justice Randall Worrell.
Defence counsel Asante Brathwaite will mitigate on behalf of her client Renison Isaiah Prince, of Fairfield, Black Rock, St Michael while Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis, who is the prosecutor, will present a response.
The 27-year-old, who is said to suffer from schizoaffective disorder and cocaine and alcohol use disorders, had previously pleaded guilty to the October 22, 2017 charges.
According to the facts, a witness who knows Prince said he heard glass breaking from the direction of the church and subsequently saw Prince jumping over the southern wall, covered in blood. The following morning the caretaker came in with the intention of opening the church but instead discovered the windows broken and debris on the ground along with stones.
Prince who was discovered with lacerations on his left forearm was subsequently arrested and questioned. “I brek out windows in the church. God tell me to do it. I mean St Mary’s Church,” he told police.
Under caution he then pointed to the windows he damaged and again stated: “I brek out them. God tell me to do it . . . and the plant pot inside. I don’t want no lawyer, I is who brek out the windows. I tell you what happen, I ain’t giving no statement.”
Recently the prosecutor informed Justice Worrell that it would cost the church an estimated BDS$51,180 to repair and replace the windows.