Teens accused of causing a fracas aboard minibus
A 16-year-old boy, who was involved in a recent fracas aboard a minibus, appeared before a Bridgetown magistrate Friday.
Donte Tyrelle Alleyne, of 20E Down Hill Drive, Eden Lodge, St Michael is charged, along with two juveniles – a 14 and 15-year-old – with using violence towards Shane Beckles and behaving in such a way that it caused Beckles and other persons at the scene to fear for their personal safety.
In presenting the facts in the District ‘A’ Court, police prosecutor Neville Watson revealed that the virtual complainant was a conductor on minibus B315 which plies the Hillaby St Andrew/St Thomas route.
He reported that an incident occurred on September 21 around 4:30 p.m. when approximately eight young boys stormed the minibus near the Warrens Polyclinic in St Michael.
Alleyne reportedly struck Beckles in his chest and asked him: “What you was talking about my brother?”
That confrontation sparked an argument. It was then that the other boys allegedly started throwing rocks and other missiles towards Beckles who was on the outside of the bus, which was carrying passengers at the time.
The court, presided over by Magistrate Douglas Frederick, heard that the passengers became frantic, including some who jumped through the windows in an attempt to flee the scene.
Watson said the bus driver also sped off with his conductor hanging out the door, as some passengers scrambled to get back into the vehicle.
The accused boys then ran off. However, police, who were on duty in the area, held one of the accused while the others were later taken into custody.
The minibus’ front screen and door were damaged. A window was also shattered and passengers injured.
Asked to explain his actions, Alleyne said: “This man interfere with my brother.”
However, Frederick told Alleyne, who is already on probation, that he should have turned the matter over to the police.
“You caused a lot of people to be in danger of being injured. A public service vehicle is nowhere to make sport . . . you could have caused a lot of people to get killed,” Douglas said.
Alleyne, who was granted $3,000 bail with one surety, re-appears in court on November 2.
The two juveniles, who also appeared before Frederick today, were also granted bail.