Youth on probation

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe last time 16-year Joshua Brewster went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, he was told to pack his belongings at his father’s Carrington’s Village, St Michael home and return to his mother’s Friendly Hall, St. Lucy residence.

The court heard at the time that he was living between both parents but when he committed the offence of unlawfully assaulting Rashad Herbert and Abijah Joseph, occasioning the latter actual bodily harm on April 15, it occurred while he was by his father.

Then acting Magistrate Alliston Seale felt at the time that Brewster would have been better off at his mother. He also ordered a presentencing report on Brewster, who had pleaded guilty.

When Brewster returned to court yesterday, it was before a different magistrate. However, after hearing a reasonably good report, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant sentenced Brewster to a year’s probation.

Additionally, Station Sergeant Irvin Kellman who prosecuted the case, found it laudable that among his qualifications, the teen already has a certificate from the Royal School of Music.

Speaking to the youth, the magistrate granted the probation with one condition; that “next year you come in here and show me certificates in Social Studies and Office Administration.”

“Grade 1s, Ma’am,” Brewster replied, as he also promised to keep out of trouble.

He is to return to court on March 27 next year to give an update on his studies.

The facts outlined on an earlier occasion were that Brewster usually made insulting remarks to complainant Joseph. On the date, while among a group of males, Brewster slapped Joseph in the face and later threw a rock which hit Herbert in his head.

Attorney-at-law Duana Peterson told the court that having known Brewster from the time he “was an embryo”, she was surprised by his involvement in such matters.

She said that the up and coming trombonist was currently enrolled at the Barbados O’Level Institute but seemed to be “a young man who is simply at a crossroads.”

Peterson urged the court to consider options other than those which would record a conviction against Brewster and affect his future opportunities.

“This should be a wake-up call in relation to the company he keeps and the company he follows,” the lawyer stressed.

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