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‘He ain’t no man’

Magistrate scolds parent for child deliquency

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter spending a few months on remand, a teenager was released on $7 000 bail today, by acting Magistrate Alliston Seale.

Zekie Ezekial Williams, of Mason Hall Street, St Michael denied assaulting Renaldo Christie with intent to rob him last November 13.

When his surety was being interviewed, the acting Magistrate asked whether she felt she could control him.

“Yes Sir,” she replied.

“But if you were doing what you should have been doing, he wouldn’t be here. You all parents making these little people feel they are men. Confusing the court all the time. He is only 19… he ain’t no man.”

“He just came before me a little while ago and I gave him bail and now he’s back here again,” the magistrate remarked.

The woman explained that he got into trouble when she was last out of the island.

“But some parents can go to Timbuktu and come back and the children won’t get into any trouble . . . When a farmer got a bad bull, he does put a ring in he nose,” Seale added.

Seale asked the accused whether he understood “the things that you all put parents through,” where they have to come to court and not only “run behind them” but also “expose all their business to the court.” This was said in relation to sureties having to state what they own and are offering as security for the bail amount.

He also warned Williams that he will not be granting him bail should he return before him with any further charges.

Bail was granted at $7 000 and the accused must report to a police station with identification daily, along with complying with a 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew.

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