Six juveniles punished for beating, wounding and larceny

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- Six juveniles re-appeared before Her Honor, Magistrate Yasmine Clarke at the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court for sentencing on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Five of those youths, students of the Charlestown Secondary School were last week convicted of beating and wounding and were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, St Kitts.

A sixth juvenile who is a thirteen year old of the Gingerland Secondary School was sent home but was ordered to return to court at a later date to receive his punishment.

Once again the courthouse was filled to capacity with the parents of the juveniles to hear the punishment that the court would mete out. The convicted juveniles severely beat and wounded a fellow student of the Charlestown Secondary school with a screw driver, stick and a ‘2 by 4’ on November 2, 2012.

Emotions ran high after pictures were displayed in Court of the condition of the victim who was attacked on the school’s compound on November 2, 2012. Some parents broke down in tears.

At the end of it all, Her Honor spared the juveniles a prison sentence. However, they were placed on curfew for two years from 8: 00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. In addition the two youngsters who pleaded guilty for wounding are to compensate the victim of $3000.00 to be paid in three months or in default serve twelve months imprisonment. The other three juveniles are to pay a compensation fee of $2000.00 in two months or serve six months behind prison bars.

The other juvenile who was convicted of stealing from the property of the Gingerland Secondary School, was also placed on curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for two years. Her Honor, Yasmine Clarke also ordered this young lad to receive six strokes with a tamarind rod. Magistrate Clarke advised the youth not to allow himself to be caught by the police violating his curfew, or he would re-appear before the court.

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