Three males, aged 16-20, were each granted conditional discharges in Magistrates Court yesterday [Apr 30] after being convicted of unlawfully possessing objects including knives and a baseball bat.
Two 16-year-old schoolboys Kenwell Pearman and Malik Wilson had each pleaded guilty to charges involving the possession of a bladed article and an offensive weapon. At the time that they were stopped, both teens told Police that they had the items for their personal protection.
Following their guilty plea the Senior Magistrate had ordered a Social Inquiry Report [SIR], which the Court heard did not indicate the two teens would re-offend.
Rev Tweed, Pastor at the St Paul’s AME Church, said he has known Wilson since he was a baby. He told the Senior Magistrate that the boys were guilty more of “bad judgment and stupidity” and that his Church stood ready to offer its services to the teens.
Both of the defendants mothers were in Court for both appearances, and while acknowledging their sons actions, said they would like to see them be given a second chance.
On handing down the discharges, Magistrate Warner said that the teens should not look at this as an easy out. As well as a requirement to be drug-tested and engage in other directed programs, the Magistrate set curfews for both teens, and required that the two teens should have no contact with each other for the duration of the conditional discharge period.
In the third case, the Magistrate ordered a conditional discharge for 20-year-old Lavonte Williams who had pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article. Williams had said the item was for work purposes.