15-year-old faces court on Fairchild Street shooting charge
A 15-year-old student was remanded to the Government Industrial School today after being charged in connection with last Friday’s shooting on Fairchild Street, The City that left one man injured.
Meantime, 20-year-old Gary Ian Williams, who was charged in connection with the same incident, was remanded to prison.
The minor, whose matter was heard in Chambers, is charged with having an unlicensed firearm on February 6 and with causing serious bodily harm to Rashawn Alexander with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him.
The schoolboy and Williams, who resides at Apartment C, Block 4 Stuart Lodge, Carrington Village, St Michael, are charged with using unlawful violence and engaging in conduct that would cause a person at the scene to fear for their safety.
Acting Station Sergeant Neville Watson had objected to bail for Williams, a tattoo artist.
He submitted that the accused man was already on bail for another matter and he feared that if given further bail, he would interfere with witnesses and thereby “frustrate the investigation”.
“The protection of society is of paramount concern to the prosecution at this stage,” he added.
Watson also told the court that shooting victim Alexander was still hospitalized and as far as he understood, had some paralysis on his right side. There was also the possibility, he said, that his health could deteriorate.
In his response, Williams’ attorney Romain Marshall insisted that neither of his client’s charges related to a specific complainant.
He said Williams’ charges fell under the Public Order Act and therefore nothing relating to Alexander’s condition would be relevant to his client.
Marshall added that his client was not known for violence, was employed, and was a person of good character. Williams’ other court matter for indecent assault, the lawyer said, was also unrelated.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick said that even though there was some merit in Marshall’s argument – in that Alexander was not the complainant in Williams’ matters – the Commissioner of Police was, and he was acting on behalf of society.
Frederick explained that the Public Order Act was a very serious one, created with “the protection of society” in mind.
He remanded Williams until March 5.