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Teenagers plead guilty

Two teenagers are to be sentenced shortly, after pleading guilty this morning to a joint charge of causing a nuisance by setting fire to grassland at Chancery Lane, Christ Church on Wednesday, April 9.

When 17 year old Jed Taylor of Foul Bay, St. Philip and 16 year old Tyler Coombes of Worthing Road, Christ Church appeared before Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles in the Oistins Court, the police prosecution successfully applied to have the original indictable charge, reduced to a summary matter.

As a result, Chief Magistrate Beckles informed the accused that under the indictable offence they could not have pleaded, but with the change now, they had the option to do so and have the case tried before her or a judge and jury in the Supreme Court.

Coombes and Taylor opted to have their case heard in the magistrate’s court and therefore pleaded guilty to the offence.

The matter was adjourned until 10 tomorrow morning to facilitate a pre-sentencing report on the young men.


5 Responses to Teenagers plead guilty

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    The young boys need guidance. Hopefully, they will get that in youth detention centre.

    • Olutoye Walrond July 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Don’t anticipate the Magistrate’s judgment, Ms. Boyce.

  2. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox July 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Six months can work

  3. Cheré Lucas
    Cheré Lucas July 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    A pre sentencing report in one day! People wait more than 2 months for one of those!

  4. Olutoye Walrond July 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Wow. You guys are pretty harsh. Six months for a grass fire? What about probation with community service. This offence does not call for a custodial sentence.


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