Teens enter different pleas
Two 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.
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.
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.