By: Gavincia Clarke
(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- ‘I don’t know why I am here’ said Dwight ‘Barber’ Richards who was detained by police officers and brought before Her Lordship, Justice Lorraine Williams at the Charlestown High Court on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
The Stoney Grove resident soon found out why he was before the sitting judge when Crown Counsel O’Neil Simpson addressed the court and indicated that Richards was before the High Court as a result of his recent conviction at the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court for possession of cannabis and larceny. That recent conviction caused him to violate the two year bond to keep the peace imposed on him in the April 2012 Criminal Assizes.
Her Lordship told Richards that he was placed on a two year bond to keep the peace. “You have violated the bond. Give me good reasons why I should not place the two year sentence on you?” Her Lordship inquired of Richards.
Standing in the prisoner’s dock Richards told the court, ‘I have been successful since I was released from prison. I’m about to be a father in two weeks and I would like to be there for my youth. I just build a new boat. I am doing very well’.
However, Justice Williams was not about to let Richards to walk free. “Your bond has been revoked and a 2 year sentence is now imposed on you”, Her Lordship told Richards.
In the April 2012 Criminal Assizes, Richards was found guilty of robbing Vincent Calvo a national of Dominica Republic but who resided at Prince William Street Charlestown of E.C. $200.00 dollars cash and a Nokia cell phone valued at E.C. $150.00. He was placed on a two year bond by the sitting judge.
Richards was recently convicted and fined $10, 000.00 at the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court by Her Honor, Magistrate Josephine Mallalieu for stealing a boat engine.