Wish granted

Magistrate fulfills young man’s request to be remanded

A request by a young man that he be remanded to HMP Dodds took the magistrate and others in a Bridgetown Court today by surprise.

Shamar Shaquane Erwin Inniss of 1st Avenue, Prescod Bottom, Hindsbury Road, St Michael appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Christopher Massiah on April 18, as well as Rouel Bostic on April 1. He denied the charges.

When it came time for bail, prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock had no objections to the 20-year-old being released.

However, the prospective surety was not suitable and Inniss was told by the magistrate to find someone else.

Instead, his mother would tell the court that she had no one else to stand as a surety for her son and, as such, wanted him sent to Dodds to “rest himself”.

“He is too much trouble,” she said. But the magistrate told the mother that she saw no reason to deny the young man his freedom at this time.

After some time had passed and the day’s proceedings continued, Inniss asked to speak to the magistrate.

“Ma’am,” he said, “I will take some remand time because my mother trying to get someone to sign bail and I don’t want to stress her out.”

That comment got the attention of not only the magistrate but others in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court as well.

“A young man asking for remand? The culture has really changed. Before a man would try all he could, even through blood, sweat and tears to get home, and today a young man is asking to go to prison. The culture has really shifted and it’s not good,” Cuffy-Sargeant said as she granted Inniss his request.

He makes his second appearance before the magistrate on May 22.

11 Responses to Wish granted

  1. Steve Hollingsworth
    Steve Hollingsworth April 25, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Guess he’s scared he might be killed.

  2. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde April 25, 2017 at 6:19 am


  3. Greengiant April 25, 2017 at 6:30 am

    What the magistrate is missing here is that he doesn’t want to stress out his mother. Mothers come to court with these youngsters because much of these boys support the home even though they don’t work. They do anything to make their mother happy and relieve their stress.

  4. Alex Alleyne April 25, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Maybe in DODDS is where most of his friends are. Always nice to be “home” and among friends. It’s like “home away from home”, free food , room and board at tax payers expense. Thats why DODDS need a BAKERY so that these fellers can do some work in there. Bajans like to eat light sweet bread, let that be the “signature bread” coming out of DODDS fresh every day. Instead of a prison van, let it be the bread van. All dodds cases should be tried in dodds. No more driving around in air-conditioned coach.

  5. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus April 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Stupess….Wa de same magistrate deny the surety that the boy mother find de mother ain’t know what ta do cause she say remand the boy but she still stressing she self ta find another surety…. The boy say ORT don’t stress mummy I gine up tek ya time…..& he is shocked ….why?????

  6. kadeem April 25, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Shamar is a good young man,
    his mother is trying her best ,
    to find a surery he dont want his mother to be stressing ,
    He just want her to be happy ,
    he wa do what he have to do to keep keep her safe ,
    Inniss is my brother family i wa never say anything bad about him,
    he need to be home with his mom and family ,
    I hope on the 22th of may he will be home ,

  7. kadeem April 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    His is good behava boy

  8. kathy-Ann Clarke April 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, my boy do not want to stress his mother. He too loves his mum.

  9. fedup April 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Not a bill tuh pay..free accommodation. If he realky cared he would have behaved himself. He gine tuh rest heself. lol

  10. Queen loca April 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Don’t give up hope killa
    Keep believe never give up wa u fighting for…

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