Teen’s living arrangements worry magistrate

courtInformation 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.

12 Responses to Teen’s living arrangements worry magistrate

  1. Alex Alleyne October 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Unruly and disrespectful . End up being a “bad boy ” on the streets.

  2. Oats Walton
    Oats Walton October 20, 2016 at 7:34 am

    De fastest thing parents can do is put out children and that is dangerous cause wolves in sheep cloth just waiting.Stop and work things out with the children first.Sad

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 20, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Wa he ain’t sweat fa a board or a brick in d woman house and disrespecting her… Put he to ras out…. If he didn’t really feel he was a man he wudda gone back and apologize and start behaving himself … Tek he in if wunna feel d mother did wrong….

    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams October 20, 2016 at 9:17 am
  3. seagul October 20, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Seventeen years, threatening words and a flick knife–$2 500 bail. This is the kind of justice which produces the ‘bad boys’. This parasitical judiciary system is failing our people constantly.

    • Leroy October 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

      What u rather see?
      A mentoring program?
      Back to school?
      Job training?

  4. Sharon Stoute October 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

    The child did not suddenly become disrespectful. The judiciary system was not made to take on the responsibility that delinquent parenting created.

    I have raised three children, two boys and one girl, two of which are now young adults and I never tolerated and still don’t any disrespect from any of them. I made it abundantly clear that I what I expected of them and ehat they should expect from me as their mother. We as parents must respect the authority that insure that e do not have double standards before our children.
    I am not accusing this boys mother of being a bad parent but i peeves me when we as a society sit back and watch our children grow into monsters and the unleash them into society for the systems to deal with. When we should have bent the tree while it was young.

  5. La Toyia October 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I am appalled. $2500 bail on a homeless 17 year old proved that the judicial system in Barbados is a failure and seeks to build the treasury up.

    • Coralita October 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Please explain. How does bail build up the treasury?

  6. kathy-Ann Clarke October 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Did the same mother who put him out,signed ? wow, at 17, and disrespectful, having a flick knife, he is just heading in the wrong direction. Why at 17, isn’t he at the Polytechnic, or BCC or even in a job? It’s really sad out there. He needs help now.

  7. Bajan65 October 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    How does Bail build the treasury up?

  8. Helicopter(8P) October 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

    What else other than perfecting the engaging and operation of that flick knife is he practicing? Does any one know?


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