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 News Share Share Tweet
Arsenal and online money transfer service, WorldRemit, are offering one male and one female football coach from Africa or the Americas the chance to attend an exclusive training programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches in London.Now in its second edition, the “Future Stars” programme was developed by WorldRemit and Arsenal to celebrate the positive impact that grassroots youth football coaches have on their communities, helping the children they train to develop life skills both on and off the pitch.Future Stars is free to apply for and open to youth team (U16s) coaches from across Africa and the Americas. WorldRemit will sponsor two winners, one male and one female, to fly to London for a personalised coaching programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches. Through the programme, 20 shortlisted coaches will be rewarded with Arsenal shirts for their youth squad. According to the organiser, Entries are now open on www.futurestars.worldremit.com or via a chatbot on the WorldRemit Facebook page until September 4.Andrew Stewart, Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at WorldRemit, said: “Our customers work hard every day to send money home to support their communities. Inspired by them, we developed the Future Stars programme with Arsenal to shine a spotlight on youth community coaches who use their passion for football to build a better future for others.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
West Indies One Day International captain Jason Holder credited an all-round batting performance for the team’s 54 run win on Duckworth/Lewis over the Netherlands on Monday. The win gives the West Indies four valuable points heading into the Super Sixes which starts on Thursday.Evin Lewis top-scored with 84 while the Jamaican pair of Marlon Samuels and Rovman Powell added 73 and 52 respectively. Holder says the batsmen are showing good form at the right time. From Group ‘A’ the West Indies, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates advance to the Super Sixes, while from Group ‘B’, Zimbabwe, Scotland and Afghanistan await the Windies. West Indies’ first game in the Super Sixes will be against Afghanistan on Thursday. This fixture will be followed by a match against the host nation Zimbabwe next week Monday before closing out the Super Sixes on March 22 against Scotland.