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‘He had it coming’

teen admits to hitting minibus driver

COURT TODAY BLOCKAn 18-year-old student admitted in court yesterday that he hit a minibus driver on Monday, while the bus was in motion.

Tashaun Shakiel Gairy, who resides at #128 Breezy Hill, St Philip pleaded guilty to assaulting Halvine Belgrave on October 5 and causing him actual bodily harm.

The teenager went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard from the prosecutor that Gairy was travelling on a minibus around 7. 45 a.m. when he asked the driver to stop so that he could get off.

The driver refused and Gairy repeated his request. Again the driver did not stop and Gairy then cuffed the driver in the area of his waist and began pulling at the steering wheel.

The interference caused Belgrave to lose control and the vehicle ran into the back of the vehicle ahead. Someone in the van came to the driver’s assistance and the police were called.

Speaking on Gairy’s behalf, attorney-at-law Adonica Spence said the lad was on his way to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic when he began to feel sick.

After repeatedly asking the driver to stop so that he could disembark, he hit Belgrave “out of frustration” after he refused to stop. She added that the driver was hit on his shoulder.

A presentencing report was ordered on the teen, a first time offender, who was granted $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court on January 15, 2016.

3 Responses to ‘He had it coming’

  1. Nadia Amariah Brooks
    Nadia Amariah Brooks October 7, 2015 at 9:21 am

    He only had himself to blame,
    If you’d have been there, if you’d have heard it…….

    • Olutoye Walrond October 7, 2015 at 10:23 am


  2. Mike October 8, 2015 at 6:21 am

    This student has the incorrect way of dealing with conflict and the judge has to be very stern with this behaviour. How could he be so sick and then have the energy to endanger the life of those persons in the vehicle. This behaviour is not acceptable.


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