‘I’m not violent’

COURT TODAY BLOCKIt will be another two and a half years before Trevor Anthony Agard sees the outside of HMP Dodds again.

In the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, Magistrate Douglas Frederick sentenced the 53-year-old man to 36 months in prison after he confessed to robbing and wounding an English visitor on Monday night, and also assaulting her daughter along the Richie Haynes Boardwalk in Hastings, Christ Church.

Agard, of no fixed place of abode, admitted robbing Jena Elhusainie of her handbag and its contents – including cash and a camera – worth $1,499, unlawfully and maliciously wounding her, assaulting her daughter Dana Chowdhry and having apparatus fit for use in connection with cocaine.

Agard has to serve nine months in prison for the robbery and 18 more months for wounding Elhusainie. He was sentenced to three more months for having drug apparatus and a further six for assaulting Chowdhry, but those will run concurrently.

The District ‘A’ Magistrates Court heard that the female visitors arrived on January 6 and were due to leave today.

They were walking one behind the other along the Boardwalk Monday night, trying to find Champers Restaurant.

When they were close to Naru’s Restaurant, Chowdhry heard a scream. Looking back, she saw her mother and a man struggling for possession of her handbag.  She turned back to assist her mother who was pushed to the ground during the struggle and hit in the neck with a piece of wood.

Chowdhry also sustained injuries in the incident and was treated along with her mother at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The apparatus was found on Agard while he was at the police station. He admitted to police, just as he did in court today, that it was his which he uses to smoke with.

Agard told Magistrate Frederick that he has a drug problem and needs help. Insisting he is not “a violent person”, Agard asked to be sent for rehabilitation at Verdun House, since he has never been there.

Magistrate Frederick, however, felt that he was “a danger to society” and “only a custodial sentence” would suffice. He, however, took the early guilty plea into consideration.

Further, since Agard was going to be incarcerated for that length of time, Frederick hoped that he would fully participate in the prison’s drug rehabilitation programme and do his best there.

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