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Accused pleads guilty to two charges


Accused pleads guilty to two charges

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Stevenson Squires, 50, of Market Hill, St George appeared before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes, at the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court, Cane Garden, St Thomas, where he pleaded guilty to two charges on Monday.

Squires was charged that on January 4, 2021, he unlawfully assaulted Shane Chase; and, without lawful excuse, damaged two sash windows and one wooden door belonging to the Crown . . . intending to damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be damaged.

The accused was ordered to pay $2 000 in compensation by May 28 for the assault on Chase, with the alternative of 30 days in prison. In addition, he was ordered to pay damages of $1 533.91 to the Crown by May 28, with the alternative of 30 days in prison.

“The accused was on quarantine at the BDF [Barbados Defence Force] Paragon base, Fairy Valley, Christ Church having arrived in Barbados from the United Kingdom on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Whilst on the compound he became boisterous and had to be spoken to by Sgt Chase about his behaviour. He continued to be boisterous and behaved in an unruly manner, making threats to Sgt Chase, while having at the time a glass bottle which he held threateningly to Sgt Chase, who then apprehended and restrained the accused,” police said in a statement.

Squires was placed in a holding room for safety.

“About 3:15 p.m. Sgt Chase was alerted that the accused was attempting to escape after damaging the door to the holding room. He was apprehended and placed in the holding room under restraint. Sgt Chase, who went to check on the accused, observed the culprit damaging the mentioned sash windows. On his release from quarantine, the accused was arrested and formally charged for the offences,” the statement noted. (PR)

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