In Plea Court this morning [Jan.5], four teenagers who were allegedly involved in a street fight outside the Magistrates Court and Police building on Court Street appeared to face charges.
The four were Sanchea Douglas  and Jaquii DeSilva  both said to be from Curving Avenue in Pembroke; along with Trey Simons  and Deunte Darrell  both said to be from Somerset.
The charges were that they had taken part in a fight and that they were in possession of offensive weapons; namely their crash helmets. The offensive weapon charge had the added pack of taking place within an Increased Penalty Zone – within 50 metres of the daycare facility at St Paul’s AME Church.
Douglas and DeSilva, neither of whom was represented, pleaded guilty to each charge. Simons and Darrell, both represented by lawyer Edward Bailey, pleaded not guilty to each charge.
Giving the facts for the two guilty pleas, Crown Prosecutor Susan Mulligan told Senior Magistrate Archie Warner that the four men had been seen fighting outside the Court building yesterday [Jan.4].
When Police intervened, the four men had continued to engage with one another an Police reinforcements were needed to eventually stop the fight. The four were then taken to Hamilton Police Station where they were processed.
Asked by the Magistrate if he had “anything to say”, Douglas said “No”. The Magistrate asked again; “You don’t want to say anything?” Douglas stayed silent. The same question put to DeSilva elicited this response: “I’m sorry for my actions.”
The Senior Magistrate ordered Social Inquiry Reports for Douglas and DeSilva and remanded them to the COED facility until they e-appear for sentencing on 16th February 2012.
Lawyer Ed Bailey argued for bail for his two clients and was successful. The Senior Magistrate granted Simons and Darrell bail of $2,000 each with one like Surety; and also set the bail condition that they must agree to wear electronic ankle bracelets that would monitor their locations.
The Magistrate then ordered that they were to remain at their stated residences all day each day until they return to Court for trial on Thursday 12th January 2012.
The Magistrate warned that they had the option of abiding by that restriction or staying close to home but inside Westgate Correctional Facility.
Darrell’s mother asked if Darrell could be allowed to get to the Bermuda College in order to take an exam. The Magistrate allowed this and altered the bail conditions permitting Darrell to be away from his residence between 4:00pm and 10:00pm on the day of the exam in order to take the exam.
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