‘I ain’t mad’
Doctors at the Psychiatric Hospital will spend the next three weeks assessing 16-year-old Abraham Emmanuel Hinds.
Hinds, of Block 3D Culver Terrace, Haynesville, St James was remanded to the Black Rock health care institution Friday after he pleaded guilty in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court to possession of cannabis and assault of a police officer.
According to the facts presented in court, plainclothes police officers were on foot patrol along Bridge Street, the City, when they stopped a schoolboy wearing a camouflage scarf on his head.
As the lawmen spoke to the young man, Hinds who was walking by with a Banks bottle in his hand, “purposely” bounced into Constable Akeel Grant and said: “Why you don’t go out of the man face, though?”
Officer Grant cautioned Hinds about his behaviour and requested that he moved along. However, Hinds, who was among friends, became aggressive, approached Grant and attempted to throw the bottle at him.
Fearful for his personal safety, Constable Grant arrested Hinds.
While being taken into Central Police Station, Hinds began to struggle, kicking at the police officer and screaming for help.
The situation attracted a crowd of onlookers as police tried to subdue the accused.
When Constable Grant arrived at the police station, he realized that the button on his shirt jack was missing and the right sleeve was ripped.
Hinds was charged with assaulting, obstructing and resisting arrest, as well as damaging Grant’s shirt in the execution of his duties.
“I didn’t know this man was a police. He head lock me and the man ain’t show me no badge,” said Hinds, who was represented by attorney-at-law Roy Hurley.
He was also charged with possession of a quantity of cannabis, which was found in his left front pocket in two transparent bags. It weighed 2.5 grammes and had an estimated $20 street value.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick ordered a presentencing report on the teenager, saying: “Something is wrong with him. It’s either he smoking a little dope or he half mad. He needs some sort of help because he is getting out of control. “The drug problem that he is having is probably causing this behaviour in him. He is 16-years-old and he has a lot of potential, but I am not going to send him to prison . . . I am getting help for him today,” Frederick said.
However, Hinds replied: “I don’t smoke drugs. I smoke marijuana. Not drugs, not dope or cocaine. I ain’t mad and I ain’t pelt no bottle at the police either.”
The magistrate then informed Hinds, who was expelled from school at the age of 14 for fighting and gambling, that he would be sent to the Psychiatric Hospital for observation and assessment.
He was warned not to “fool the people” and to give all the information that was requested of him.
“I is only 16, you know,” Hinds said when told of his destination.
He returns to court on July 22.