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Duo released

Two on endangering life charge get bail with strict conditions

COURT TODAY BLOCKTwo men who were remanded in February were each granted $15,000 bail today when they reappeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

However, they were given strict instructions by Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale.

Akem Jabarry Leon, of 3rd Avenue Mannings Land, St Michael and Damian Francisco Padmore, of #2 Skeetes Road, Ivy, St Michael, were charged with endangering Ryan Callender’s life in a shooting incident last December 7.

Akem Jabarry Leon

Akem Jabarry Leon

Damien Francisco Padmore

Damian Francisco Padmore

Two others were also charged with that offence.

As a bail condition, Leon must report to the Black Rock Police Station before 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday with identification.

The acting magistrate had also intended to give him a curfew beginning at 7 p.m. but Leon’s mother interjected saying: “That too late Sir…”

“ . . . You could also let he report to the station every day too, Sir,” she added.

“You like you (are) a parent I could work with,” Seale said.

The curfew was then changed from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., after the court ascertained that Leon had very likely lost his job while he was on remand.

“Those are the implications of finding yourself in trouble. Keep out of trouble,” Seale responded.

When it was Padmore’s turn, the acting magistrate also urged his surety to “have an influence” on him.

Remarking that Barbadians are “more intelligent than this”, Seale lamented that he was tired of these types of allegations.

“You mean we can differ at the Bar table, in Parliament and in a lot of other places and yet there seem to be some young people now where the only way to settle things is with violence,” he said.

 “We seem to have a problem with our blackness. You mean we as black men can’t sit down and recognize that we have differences and deal with them? Imagine people grow up together, sometimes a district apart . . . and then all this shooting about.”

Padmore was then granted similar bail and ordered to report to a police station daily with his identification card. However, the plumber was not placed on curfew after his attorney Naomi Lynton told the court he could be called out for work at night.

The case will come up again on April 17.

Leon also had a previous matter dismissed today for lack of prosecution after the complainant was a no-show. It was not the first time that Kenrick Grant was absent without excuse on the date of the case.

Leon was originally charged with robbing him of a $219 cellular phone on August 13, 2011.

“You have been given a lifeline,” Seale told a smiling Leon after the matter was dismissed.

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