Father turns son in
Magistrate praises parent for his honesty
A father who accompanied his teenage son to the police station after he stole a mobile phone was applauded by a magistrate yesterday.
“The fact that you didn’t encourage him to hide the evidence is commendable. Parents shouldn’t encourage children in foolishness,” Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale declared after 18-year-old Rashwan Charles Ward admitted that he stole the phone belonging to Narius Wilkie.
Presenting the facts in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, Sergeant Ainsley Grainger said Wilkie went to the Drill Hall beach last Friday and left his bag on the sand while he took a sea bath. During that time he saw three men on the beach.
When Wilkie came out and checked the bag, he realized the phone was missing.
On Saturday, Ward went to the police station accompanied by his father and handed over the phone, which no longer had the SIM or memory card.
Ward’s attorney Arthur Holder asked that the court to order a presentencing report on the teen “to see how best to deal with this young man who has already thrown himself at the mercy of the court”.
Holder also explained that once the father heard that lawmen were looking for his son, he decided to escort him to the police station.
Ward was granted $1,000 bail and will return to court on March 31.
Meanwhile, a 22-year-old who dishonestly received the SIM and memory cards has been ordered to pay $50 compensation to Wilkie, plus $500 in costs to the court.
Rashad Stevenson Ince, of Rollock Gap, Britton Hill, St Michael not only admitted that he took the stolen items, but pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and assaulting Constable Adrian Boyce in the execution of his duties.
Sergeant Grainger told the court that Ince struggled violently during his arrest and pushed the constable, causing him to fall. Others officers were then called to help subdue him.
In court yesterday, Ince was given a dressing down by the magistrate who voiced his displeasure with persons refusing to comply with lawmen.
“When you resist a police officer, you put yourself in the way to be injured. I cannot let go unpunished when a policeman in uniform speaks to you and you disobey,” he said.
Seale made the statement after Ince’s attorney Oliver Thomas said that his client had not “maliciously tried to inflict injuries” on the policeman, but was simply trying to “adjust himself since he could not breathe”.
The lawyer had urged the court not to impose a custodial sentence on the first-time offender.
While the $50 in compensation was paid to Wilkie on the spot, Ince has until February 27 to pay the fine.