Judge commends Newtown man for drug rehabilitation

first_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Judge commends Newtown man for drug rehabilitation by: – June 11, 2012 Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comA male adult of Newtown, who pleaded guilty to a wounding offence before the High Court of Justice last month, received great commendation from Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks for his eight (8) year drug rehabilitation during his sentence hearing on Monday.Marcus Augustus pleaded guilty to wounding Mickey Thomas of Eggleston with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm at Newtown on August 11th, 2010.According to state attorney Clement Joseph, there was a confrontation between the men about 11 o’clock that evening while Thomas was speaking to his aunt when Augustus said to him; “I have something to give you, all you f******* fellas have to get hurt”.Later that evening another confrontation took place between the men this time in the vicinity of the defendant’s home in Newtown causing Thomas to send stones at the Augustus. As a result, Augustus wounded him with a cutlass on his knee and was treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital.In mitigating on his client’s behalf, Peter Alleyne stated while the use of cutlasses and violence has become very prevalent in society as a means to resolving matters, he explained that his clients conviction sheet which dates from 1983 to 2002 were not violent in nature or included the use of weapons, but were drug related with two being use of threatening language.Alleyne further stated that the incident occurred mainly because of Thomas’ violent and abusive behaviour, informing the Court that Thomas also “consumes a high proportion of alcohol” and “shows no respect for authority and people who are older than him”.While he admitted that his client could “have handled the situation differently” he urged the Court to impose a compensatory award as opposed to a custodial sentence.“He does not work for a big salary but he is willing to pay compensation to the victim. I urge the Court not to impose a custodial sentence as he is rehabilitating himself from drug abuse”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks, in sentencing Augustus, noted that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, his previous convictions were not violent related, that the doctor’s prognosis stated that Thomas would not suffer any permanent injuries as well as a pre-sentence report from the Social Welfare Department which had given her a “glimpse” into his life.“I am very impressed, note, very impressed, that you have sought rehabilitation from drug abuse. He was a serious addict and he sought counseling, he has been clean for eight years which I think is commendable”.She noted further; “He was awarded by the authorities $5000.00 for his recovery and he is to be applauded for using that money to purchase a fishing vessel and accessories”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also lamented that Augustus was never given the opportunity to have a proper childhood as his mother fled a life of physical and emotional abuse from his father which he witnessed as a child, and that he was denied the opportunity to obtain an education by his father but was taught to read by an aunt.She also read from an excerpt from the pre-sentencing report; “all persons interviewed spoke positively about Marcus stating that the Court should be lenient on him. The defendant is a known troublemaker and the one who instigated the trouble,” stating that Augustus was not known to be a violent person.Justice Stephenson-Brooks sentenced Augustus to three years imprisonment but suspended that sentence for two years as well as a compensatory award of $5000.00 to Thomas for his injuries and medical fees.“This is an opportunity for you to show the public that you are indeed remorseful and a changed man. Go out and work doubly hard so you could pay the fine. Don’t steal or deal drugs,” she warned.Augustus replied; “Yes ma’am I will pay it once the sea is ok, I will go out”.If he fails to pay the compensatory award by June, 2013 he will be imprisoned for a year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Lambert pleased with point

first_img Victory at Villa Park would have put his side five points clear of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. However, after the impressive Charles N’Zogbia gave Villa a deserved 55th-minute lead, the visitors were gifted an equaliser when midfielder Delph flicked Bryan Ruiz’s corner into his own net with a header 11 minutes later. “We played really well,” Lambert said. “I have got nothing but praise for the performance. We played really well and got a draw. That point could be massive. We’re pulling teams right into it. I’m not too disappointed at all with the performance. Is it a point gained? Yes, absolutely.” He added: “It was not long ago Fulham went to White Hart Lane and turned over Tottenham, a right top side. They don’t get credit they deserve. They have got some terrific players. But some of the chances we created were excellent. I am sitting here and the point could be huge for us. “A few games ago there weren’t as many teams in the fight as there is now. There is a right cluster there.” Lambert’s counterpart Martin Jol declared himself a “happy customer” after the draw took his 10th-placed team to the 40-point mark. “If you play against a team like Aston Villa they will be full of energy and before the match we saw the stats and the fact they had three wins and one defeat in the last four,” said the Dutchman. “They’re doing well, they can put you under pressure so it was good for us to see Gabriel Agbonlahor was not playing because he has real pace and penetration. “They were hot and cold and then we had a spell in the second half where Villa deserved a goal and they got it. We had to change things and luckily enough we scored an equaliser and got to 40 points, because that was our target. “If you look at the other teams, such as Villa, they would like to swap with us. Since January 1 we’ve had three defeats and seven or eight wins and draws, so we’ve done ever so well. I’m a happy customer. We’ve got 40 points, the results were okay for us today and that’s fantastic.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert regarded his side’s 1-1 draw with Fulham as a point gained rather than two lost despite Fabian Delph’s own goal costing them a vital win in the fight for survival.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more