Teen’s living arrangements worry magistrate
Information from a 17-year-old male that he had no fixed place to live caused Magistrate Douglas Frederick great concern Wednesday.
Pete Eutus Adams appeared before the Bridgetown magistrate Wednesday afternoon on two charges.
He told the No.1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court he was not guilty of using the threatening words, “I got bullets for you” within the hearing of Anthony Seale on October 15, which caused the complainant harassment, alarm and distress.
But the accused admitted to the court that he had a flick knife – an offensive weapon – in his possession on October 18, while at Madison Terrace Deacons Farm, St Michael.
According to the facts, police were in the mentioned area when they had occasion to search the accused and found the weapon on him.
Asked to account for it at the time, Adams reportedly said: “It is for my defence.”
He again admitted today that the knife was for that purpose.
Questioned by the magistrate why the charge sheet listed him as having no fixed place of abode, Adams revealed that he had been “put out” by his mother.
Adams’ mother later appeared in court after the magistrate made it clear that he could not let the teenager go unless someone could verify that he had a place to stay.
She said she had “put him out because he was disrespectful to me [and] it got to a point I couldn’t take it anymore”.
But the magistrate explained that Adams’ position on the street was dangerous as he could get involved in crime or people could take advantage of him.
“If I release him it will be on the conscience of the court because his mother doesn’t even know where he is staying,” Frederick said.
Sometime later, after it was verified that Adams had somewhere legitimate to live, Frederick released him on $2 500 bail.
He returns to court on October 28, when he is expected to speak with a probation officer.