Peacemaker gets to leave prison
A man who was behind bars on remand for five years, after being caught with guns he said he took from some men to stop a dispute, finally went home today.
Deandre Nathaniel Bailey, of Lot 19 Gall Hill, Cane Vale New Road, Christ Church, was allowed to go when Justice Randall Worrell told him his remand period would count as his sentence.
The 42-year-old had pleaded guilty to having two 9-mm firearms as well as ammunition.
The facts revealed that some men were arguing in Wotton, Christ Church and Bailey intervened and tried to prevent the disagreement from escalating.
Bailey convinced the men to hand over their guns to him and was walking along Wotton Road with the firearms when he saw police. Bailey tried to throw away the weapons but police recovered them and subsequently arrested and charged him.
In his mitigation in the High Court last week, defence attorney Mohia Ma’at said that even though Bailey had run afoul of the law many times before –– with 25 previous convictions, including for robbery, theft, having an offensive weapon, criminal damage and breach of a bond –– his last period of incarceration “has changed his life”.
Ma’at said his client was at the stage where he wanted “to be there for his son” who was doing well at secondary school.
He also reminded the court that none of Bailey’s offences related to firearms, that he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and was also “very remorseful”.
He therefore asked Justice Worrell to sentence his client to time served, and the judge agreed.
Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney prosecuted the case.