Man To Serve Time Following Court Outburst

September 4, 2014

In Magistrates Court, a 41-year-old man pleaded guilty to using threatening words in a public place, receiving an order of 30 days in prison after initially being given a Conditional Discharge following the use of language in court deemed inappropriate by Senior Magistrate Archie Warner.

Dellman Daniels pleaded guilty to using threatening words in a public place, namely the reception area of the Court Liaison Unit in Pembroke Parish, on September 2, 2014. The charge was that Mr. Daniels had said, “I’m going to slap that guy. I’m going to hurt him. I’m tired, I’m going to kill him. I’m going to kill that guy.”

Senior Magistrate Archie Warner initially ruled a Conditional Discharge, but quickly rescinded that ruling and substituted a 30 day prison sentence instead after allowing Mr. Daniels the opportunity to speak in court.

In court, Mr. Daniels said that he was angry because a man against whom he had lodged a complaint had been let go by police and the Court, and was “out there running his mouth.” Mr. Daniels had then gone to the Court Liaison Unit and, claiming that “you guys let him off,” had gotten into an altercation with police on duty there.

Mr. Daniels told the Magistrate, “I don’t care.”

With some difficulty due to Mr. Daniels’ tendency to interrupt, the Magistrate sought to explain that the man that Mr. Daniels thought had been “let off” had appeared in Court, had pleaded not guilty, had been given a trial date, and was released on bail.

At one point in the exchange, the Magistrate ordered Mr. Daniels to be silent while he, the Magistrate, was speaking. The Magistrate said that any interruption could be treated as a contempt of Court.

When given the Conditional Discharge ruling, Mr. Daniels instantly responded that he had an “issue” with the Magistrate’s ruling that he, Mr. Daniels, must stay away from the other man.

Mr. Daniels, in a belligerent manner, told the Magistrate that he couldn’t do that as they lived near one another. Mr. Daniels told the Magistrate, “I don’t give a s***.”

The Magistrate proceeded to rescind the Conditional Discharge and ordered that Mr. Daniels serve 30 days in prison.

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  1. pete says:

    loool what an idiot

    • Errin Butterfield says:

      “loool what an idiot”.You are entitled to your opinion and I respect that.”In response I ask is this really an loool situation? If the answer truly is yes so be it ,but in my opinion this is partially what is wrong with us and our community. We all have faults and issues to deal with in life(some more or less than others)but as a community sometimes we not only find humor in other peoples faults and issues but we allow ourselves to call each other unnecessary names, which by the way is not positive nor does it help in any way. Do you even know this man? I personally know him and I do not and will not support and/or overlook his behavior and actions, nor will I attempt to protect him or give him an excuse. He is paying for his own actions. As I know him, without going into detail, he has had a tough time in life recently. Myself and others have been helping and assisting him. Recently I was talking to him and what he was expressing to me was very serious I tried my best to talk to him to stay strong and be encouraged. It seems to me that his life issues got the better of him. I can only pray and hope that this latest episode has a positive effect on him and his life.If you still think that this is a situation to “loool” at than so be it. I guess who feels it knows it.

  2. Here we see, (once again) that some people aren’t afraid of returning to / or going to prison.
    Prison isn’t any longer a deterrent when one sees some prefer to go to jail as oppose to walking from Court with a Conditional Discharge :-(
    Put prisoner back to manual labour along the roadways and ole train trail ways as a deterrent. Have them who owe for fines go to work as oppose to laying up at Westgate or the Pender Hill Prison Farm.

    • Bermuda youth says:

      Hmm. That would be much related to modern day slavery. This gentlemen had already lost his freedom to be civil in society now you want them to do labor on top of no freedom?

      Lets just got back to the 17th or 18th century while we’re on the topic.

      • Call it what you may…Justify having a prisoner laying up at Westgate for money he owes to the Courts?
        He will not be earning anything in the sense of cash but they are saving Govt. money by working off their debt/s to the Court (say earn x amount of dollars per day) And if necessary, them that are incarcerated for non-payment of child support can also have the opportunity to contribute the their child / children’s upbringing?
        As far as I am concerned this will be a win, win opportunity.

  3. Grizz says:

    Did it occur to anyone that this man might be mentally challenged?

    • Terry says:

      Excellent point Grizz.

    • ShowUp ... don't just be there says:

      Nope. It didn’t occur to me – appreciate your trigger. I’ve read previous stories that have referenced mental illness/instability of sorts – as this didn’t I gave it no thought. If it is the case, that puts a different spin on things and he would be best represented by someone; other than himself.