Different strokes

Teens enter different pleas

COURT TODAY BLOCKTwo teenagers appeared in court today jointly charged with threatening unlawful violence toward Shadane Rollins on September 1.

However, while 18-year-old Adam Nehemiah Waithe of Small Land, Bridge Gap, St Michael denied the charge, 17-year-old LaDondre Khiomal Harris of Upper Goodland in the same parish owned up to the offence.

Waithe faces two other charges of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Rollins and Jeremie Charles on the same date.

Station Sergeant Janice Ifill did not object to bail for Waithe, who was represented by attorney-at-law Ajamu Boardi.

Adam Waithe
Adam Waithe

The prosecutor revealed that on the day of the alleged incident, Rollins and some friends were walking along Black Rock Main Road when they were approached by a group including Harris.

An argument ensued and they all began throwing rocks. Even after Rollins fell, Harris and others allegedly continued throwing the missiles.

The matter was reported to police and Harris confessed to the offence.

Rollins, meanwhile, received injuries to his head and right temple for which he was treated and discharged.

LaDondre Harris
LaDondre Harris

Mitigating, Mohia Ma’at said that his client lives at home with his father and was currently studying electrical installation.

He also informed the court that the former Lester Vaughn Secondary student previously played volleyball, football and hockey for his alma mater.

The lawyer urged the court to allow Harris to continue pursuing his studies since he seemed to be “on the right path”, even though he had felt emboldened by others when he got involved in the incident.

Ma’at suggested to the court that community service could be considered for the first-time offender.

Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick agreed and stressed that the Penal Reform Act catered to “young people who have their first brush with the law”.

Frederick also felt that Harris needed to become more of a leader than a follower.

Harris will meet with the Probation Department and return to court on October 21.

6 Responses to Different strokes

  1. Ashlee Bedford
    Ashlee Bedford September 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Atleast they pelt rocks and not bullets

  2. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham September 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    lawyers in b’dos is the worst, when ever they are pleading a case they always tells the court about the ppls problems,like that have some thing to do with the case, lol

    • John Wick
      John Wick September 7, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Joan that is the JOB of a lawyer to get their client off.

  3. Řìçh Ťhê Kïđđ Jr.
    Řìçh Ťhê Kïđđ Jr. September 7, 2016 at 12:59 am

    And d boy dem fight with had a sword!!!!!

  4. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar September 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Too often we don’t reflect on our action until we end up in Court, then expect to be treated like innocent angels. If you walk in the path of bad company always look for trouble.

  5. miche September 7, 2016 at 4:42 am

    The former Lester Vaughn Secondary student previously played volleyball, football and hockey for his alma mater.So what does this have to do with him now becoming a criminal… The Devil was once an Angel in Heaven……we must take off the kids Gloves, and start hitting these so called first offenders with professional Boxing gloves,,,they must feel the full weight of their ignorance.


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