Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Feb 28], Paul Williams was jailed for five months after previously pleading guilty to threatening his mother and the police.
The Court previously heard that Williams had gone to his mother — who was at a seniors home — and demanded money from her.
When his mother refused, Williams became aggressive and the police were called. When the police arrived, Williams threatened his mother and the police officer. Williams has a prior record and is an outpatient at MAWI.
In sentencing him, Senior Magistrate Archie Warner expressed concern about his inability to provide or order proper care for people who required special care.
The case had originally come up before the Magistrate in late December 2012. At that time the Magistrate ordered a Social Inquiry Report, a Psychiatric Report, a Psychological Report, and a Bermuda Assessment and Referral Centre Report.
After referring to the compendium of reports, the Magistrate said that the psychological experts had agreed and had said that Williams has serious mental disorders that could only be properly handled if he was medicated and continuously supervised.
The expert opinion was that if Williams was not supervised and controlled, he would likely revert, as had frequently happened, to using illegal drugs. They agreed that when this happened, as had happened in December 2012, Williams was likely to break the law.
Magistrate Warner said that Bermuda had no facility to which he could send a person where that person could be held and kept in a non-prison environment where he could be supervised and medicated as required. The Magistrate said that such a facility could restrict or control a person’s movement but would not be a place of total confinement.
Crown Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said that the best that she could recommend was a five month prison sentence followed by probation for two years. Ms Clarke noted that the maximum sentence for his conviction was six months imprisonment. The Magistrate accepted this recommendation and sentenced him accordingly.
The Magistrate also ordered that during his incarceration, Williams must be afforded all psychological and psychiatric help that was available and of use to him. He also ordered that while on probation, Williams was to be offered and put on any and all rehabilitative programs that might or would be useful to him.
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