Lesson learnt


Three St Michael young men who appeared in a Bridgetown court charged with breaking into a school for children with disabilities two years ago, today told a magistrate that they had turned their lives around.

Kemar Ricardo Murphy, 19, of Upper Collymore Rock; Savio Jaeel Anthony Eastmond, 17, of the same address; and Kareem Omar Forde of Valery, Brittons Hill pleaded guilty to entering the Ann Hill School as trespassers sometime between April 21 and 22, 2015 and stealing a laptop computer worth $1,500, a $20 clock, two belts worth $90, a wallet worth $60 and a bat worth $200.

Kemar Ricardo Murphy, Savio Jaeel Anthony Eastmond & Kareem Omar Forde

Murphy was also separately charged with trespassing on the property of the same Pine Plantation Road, St Michael school sometime between December 3 and 4, 2015, with intent to commit theft.

Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that staff secured the school on the first mentioned dated, but the principal received a telephone call the following day informing her that the school had been broken into. The items were discovered missing after a check.

Reid said the culprits had entered the staff room after prying the door open.

Police were called in and investigations led to the three young men who admitted to committing the crime.

Murphy’s separate offence occurred in the nutrition section of the school.

He apologized for his actions and told the magistrate that when he committed the act he was “young” but he has now “grown up”.

Murphy said he had learned from his mistakes and was not going “back down that road”, while Forde also apologized for his part in the burglary.

Eastmond, meanwhile, admitted that at the time he was a follower and was led down the wrong path by his friends, but said he too had changed.

Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant ordered the boys to compensate the complainant.

The teenagers have one month to pay $600 each in compensation to the school. Any one of them who fails to pay will spend three months in jail. They are also to pay the court $150 in costs in one month or spend three months in prison.

Additionally, they were placed on a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for the next three months. If they fail to adhere to the bond, they will each have to pay the court $750 forthwith or face an alternative of three months in jail.

The young men return to the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on April 20 to show proof of payment.

If the monies are paid, no conviction will be recorded against them.

10 Responses to Lesson learnt

  1. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold March 21, 2017 at 6:05 am


  2. Nathaniel Samuels March 21, 2017 at 7:39 am

    This is the kind of lenient decisions that we ought to offer our young ones. If they get into prison not only are they scarred for life but with mingling with hardened prisoners, it is quite likely that they too will be on their way to being hardened criminals.
    I applaud the magistrate for that judgement and I hope that these young men see the folly of their decision and have indeed turned the corner and will become productive citizens of this fair land.

  3. Meakai March 21, 2017 at 7:57 am

    One year of community service at the same school would have been better.

    The fines will be paid in one week and be a distant memory in six months.

  4. greg Norville March 21, 2017 at 9:06 am

    i think it is time to face reality, our school system does not involve a psychological evaluation of student’s phycology allows you to understand that problems start in the environment you were raise in
    because most Barbadian parents aren’t trained in child psychology they don’t know the correct way to raise their children some think that by giving their children whatsoever they ask for will bring love & obedience & so many other things are done in the name of I love my child ( special attention must be paid to young boys) we can produce vagabonds insted of gentlemen.I hope soon & very soon that psychologist will be assigned to schools here in Barbados it will do a world of Good.

  5. Marcus Garvey March 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

    where is the guidance and mentorship for our young men coming from. Please remember that these guys will be fathers at some point, how can one be a good father if they had none. The gangster life is glorified in our music and music videos. Sex is glorified in almost every advertisement there is. Where is the motivation to be strong black males and a strong black nation. why are ex-pats (white people) opening successful businesses here and original barbadians cant. why cant we support our own. who can fix this problem. I’ll bet if you take with any three of these guys you will realise quickly that they are good people and generally have no one positive role model. It cant be the church, it cant be the school, it has to be our community. Lets make Barbados great period. work together, support our businesses, protect our women and our children, protect our way of life. make our culture the envy of the world. I know bajans can do it. wipe the veil of jealousy and badmind from your first thoughts.. #ifnotwethenwho

  6. Bobo March 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Barbados Justice World— ”Compassionate Laws” are the way forward—instead of racist –inhuman–Laws

  7. Outside March 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Yes they all say that,a little vacation at Dodds resort would of send a message instead of a slap on the risk ,the justice system in barbados is a mockery a bunch of jokers

  8. North Point March 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    ever one says sorry, buy RiRi summed it up well in one of her songs,

    Don’t tell me you’re sorry cause you’re not
    I know you’re only sorry you got caught

  9. Carson C Cadogan March 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    This is tempering Justice with mercy.

  10. Sophia wilkinson March 22, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Psychology doesn’t only speak to raising of a child in the home setting, it speaks on all aspects of the way human beings relate to situations with in different environments and even more . I also appreciate how this magistrate handled these youngsters especially if they are first time offenders, but for their sakes I hope they have made a change.


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