Teen escapes hospital, remanded to Dodds
A 16-year-old lad charged with escaping from the Psychiatric Hospital, has been remanded to HMP Dodds.
The young man was not required to plead to the indictable charge which Magistrate Douglas Frederick read to him in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
He is charged with escaping from the Psychiatric Hospital on August 13 this year, while being a prisoner in custody at the Government Industrial School from April 17.
Welfare officer Joseph Lawrence was present at court this afternoon and requested that the teenager be transferred to HMP Dodds. The reason was that he had made three attempts to escape, two of which were successful, and the institution was no longer able to secure him.
The lad was recaptured as recently as Monday, August 24 and by yesterday, he had made another attempt to escape. The lad asked to address the court and Magistrate Frederick gave him the chance to do so.
He explained that his mother was not in the best of health and had been unable to visit him. He said he asked and it was agreed that he would be taken to see her. The entire month of July went and nothing happened, he said.
If he had been allowed to see his mother, the teen added, the escape attempts would never have happened. When the magistrate asked how he felt about going over to the adult prison, the lad replied: “I would have to deal with the consequences.”
His case was adjourned until September 23.