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men who robbed, beat judge and her husband get 16 years

June 24, 2016
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GUYANA – THREE men were sentenced to 16 years imprisonment by Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul for the robbery and home invasion of Land Court Judge Nicola Pierre and her husband Mohammed Chan. Dameion Millington, 22, of Lot 118 Caesar Street, Agricola; Nicholas Narine, 18, also of Caesar Street, Agricola and Warren McKenzie, 22, of Lot 18 Brutus Street, Agricola, were all charged with robbery under arms and felonious wounding of Pierre and Chand.

Millington, Narine and McKenzie were sentenced to eight years for the armed robbery charge and eight years for wounding the duo. The men broke down in tears when the magistrate told them their sentences would run consecutively. Prior to the sentencing, the magistrate asked the defendants if they had anything to say; in response, the men denied committing the offences and proclaimed their innocence.
In passing the sentences, Magistrate Ally-Seepaul said she took into consideration the amount of time the men had been on remand and the fact that they have no previous convictions.
The magistrate also considered the evidence which revealed that they were all part of the crime and that they had aided and abetted each other; the serious nature of the offence, since the lives of the virtual complainants had been threatened; the high value of the items they stole; the brutality and use of a firearm.
The matter was prosecuted by Attorney Nigel Hughes, who was hired by the office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
On June 17, the magistrate had found two other men not guilty of the crime. They are Premnauth Samaroo and Anthony David. The charges stated that on July 9, 2015 at Montrose, East Coast Demerara, being in the company of three others and being armed with a gun, they robbed the victims of a safe containing US$7,000, five wristwatches, a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, a wedding ring, four Oakley sunglasses and one brown leather wallet, totalling over $ 2.6M.
They were also accused of feloniously wounding Pierre and her husband and discharging a loaded firearm at Roy Peters, with intent to maim, disable, disfigure or cause him grievous bodily harm. Pierre sustained a broken jaw and other injuries,while her husband received severe injuries to an eye,which he lost as a result.

SOURCE and PHOTOS: Guyana Chronicle

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Two 16 year old boys held for gruesome murder – Should parents be held accountable ? comments needed

January 12, 2015
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JAMAICA – Upon hearing that two 16-year-old boys were held culpable for the gruesome death of retired matron Hyacinth Hayden, social media commentators quickly expressed parenting concerns.

“Parents need to be held more accountable, regardless of what anyone wants to say” and “arrest the irresponsible parents” were some of the sentiments expressed by social media users. Though most persons sought to blame the parents, a few rose to their defence: “you cannot always blame the parents, you could raise your kids in a monastery, but if they choose to do bad, they will”, one person argued.

Whenever a child succeeds, the parents are lauded and often times credited. However, when a child does anything that society frowns upon, we go “yuh can lead a horse to wata but yuh cyaan force him fi drink.” Why is it that we can credit parents for the successes of their children but we cannot hold them accountable for their deviances?

We are not saying that the parents of these particular boys should be jailed; what we are saying is that issues like these highlight the seriousness of proper parenting or lack thereof in our society.

We are fully aware that as human beings, we all have what is known as free will, and with free will comes our ability to make our own decisions – moral or immoral.

However, we cannot think about the act committed by the teenage boys without our minds transporting us to their homes, opening their doors and reasoning with their parents.

“So mother, what kind of relationship do you share with your son? Father, what kind of lifestyle is your son exposed to in the home? Talk to me, why does he think he can kill an elderly woman and then walk up and down with the lady’s phone as though it belongs to him, eeh?”

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These are just some of the questions being asked. Proper parenting may not be sufficient but it is more than necessary where the upbringing of a child is concerned. After all, the home is the primary agent of socialisation.

Studies show that children who are exposed to violence in the home, which is an attribute of bad parenting, tend to exhibit violent behaviour towards others. A study published in the Journal of Family Violencefound that this exposure to violence may lead to a cycle … and may we add, ‘a vicious cycle’. Studies have also found that neglected children are more likely to be prosecuted for juvenile delinquency. Hence the reason our vehicular minds are asking the question, is it that you just don’t care as parents?

Proper parenting involves discipline. Discipline serves as a deterrent for deviant acts. It is discipline that makes a child think twice about taking home a pencil that does not belong to him because he knows he will be scolded and asked to return it.

Proper parenting involves communicating with children; it involves an understanding of behaviours that are desirable and undesirable. It fosters a strong bond between parents and children.

It expels the idea of children thinking they can do whatever they want, be it drinking, smoking or killing a 79-year-old retired nurse.

Too many parents have just sat idly by while their children become menaces to society. Something has gone terribly wrong and we can’t help but think that the home is a factor. As a nation, we need to enforce proper parenting. In doing so, we do not just help a child but a generation.

Sherine Williams and Renee Dillion are third-year journalism students. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and dillyyes90@yahoo.com or sherwill18@gmail.com – The Jamaican Gleaner

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2 young boys 16 years old expected to be charge for murder

January 5, 2015
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SHOOTER CRIME SCENE

JAMAICA –  FALMOUTH, Trelawny -Two juveniles have been arrested for the gruesome murder of 79-year-old retired nurse Hyacinth Hayden, who was fatally stabbed at her Green Park home on New Year’s Eve.

OBSERVER ONLINE has been informed that the two boys, each aged 16, are expected to be charged either sometime later today or tomorrow. It is also understood that the boys, who hail from the Green Park community, were taken into custody on Saturday. One of the boys is said to live in close proximity to the Hayden’s house.

The death of the senior citizen brought to 22 the number of murders recorded in the Trelawny Police Division in 2014. This was four fewer than the 26 for the previous year. – Jamaican Observer

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