Ninja man banned from city building
Well-known Bridgetown street character, Anthony Fitzpatrick “Ninja Man” Lynch, was today banned from going on the premises of the Treasury Building on Bridge Street.
Lynch was told not to do so when he appeared before acting Magistrate Elwood Watts in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to answer a charge of damaging the government building.
He pleaded guilty and was fined $50 in seven days with an alternative of seven days in prison.
Dr Waldo Waldron-Ramsay Q.C, who was in the same court, appeared ‘amicus’ for Lynch.
He told the court that Lynch did not operate “out of malice” when he painted graffiti on a portion of the building, but intended to do good.
In fact, Lynch himself explained that he was an artist and was “painting something from the 15th Century.”
Waldron-Ramsay went on to say that from what he understood, Lynch was very intelligent from childhood and was headed to Harrison College but was severely affected after being offered cocaine.
The lawyer said that he met Lynch’s mother in the 1970s while she was singing in a nightclub in Germany. They since became good friends and he therefore knew Lynch very well.
The attorney also recalled Lynch representing himself very well in a High Court matter where he had been accused of stealing a clock from St Stephen’s Church.
Waldron-Ramsay said Lynch had stood up well under cross-examination from former prosecutor Elliott Belgrave (now Sir Elliot, the Governor General) and had used “beautiful English.”
Lynch told the court that he had not used his psychiatric medication for a few weeks. He also said that he slept on the pavement of the Treasury Building.
Watts told him, however, not to go on the premises anymore.
Presenting the facts, Sergeant Theodore McClean said police officers went to the Treasury Building after receiving a report. Lynch was interviewed and admitted defacing the building.
He was arrested and charged for criminal damage.