Guilty of carrying cutlass and scissors
A teenager was convicted today in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to possessing offensives weapons while on Broad Street yesterday.
Eighteen-year-old Andre Jamal Clarke of Scarborough, Oistins, Christ Church was granted bail in the sum of $2,500 while a pre-sentencing report was being prepared.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick therefore ordered him rerturn to court on July 1, but in the meantime, Clarke has to honour a 6 am to 8 p.m. curfew every day.
When the facts were recited, they revealed that the teen was being sought by police in connection with a separate investigation. He was seen in Collins Pharmacy and after monitoring him, police held him on suspicion of an offence, searched him and found a pair of scissors.
When he was asked to explain why he carried the tool, he told the police, “I have that for my protection just in case one man attack me”.
A cutlass with a four-inch blade was also found in a haversack he carried. Again he was asked to explain why he possessed the weapon and he responded, “I had that cutlass just in case I was attacked by a group of persons, because me and some guys from school got in something”.