Two teens who were described as devils will be the guest of the state for the next two years after they were committed to the New Opportunity Corps juvenile correction facility at Onderneeming, Essequibo. Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo, sitting in the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court, committed the two youths after listening to a damning report by Probation and Social Services Officer, Maizie Sheppard.
The two, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old, both of Angoy’s Avenue and students of the Vryman’s Erven Secondary School were accused of wounding each other following a misunderstanding on March 26, at a play field in Angoy’s Avenue. They were both charged with unlawful wounding, indecent assault, unlawful assault and threatening language committed against each other.
The two who were best of friends before were among a set of associates gathered at the playfield when a misunderstanding developed between them. It escalated into a fight. One of the youths armed himself with a cutlass while the other equipped himself with a piece of wood. They dealt each other several chops and lashes before they were separated.
They were both rushed to the hospital where they were treated. They were arrested and charged after a report was made. In court they were found guilty on May 21, after which the Magistrate ordered the probation report.
In her report, Probation Officer Sheppard told of the youths living in broken homes with no proper parental supervision. Their dwellings leave much to be desired, as the houses are broken down with no walls separating bedroom from kitchen.
Both of the boys’ parents are separated and drink a lot. The youngsters are not attending school. The report from their teacher and the school was also horrific.
The 13-year-old was previously before the court for wandering. He is the third of five kids. His parents, Babita Singh and Victor Sealey senior are separated. His parents are alcoholics and he left school since 2008 to care for his grandfather. He sells coconuts and brooms and play pools for a living.
He was described in school as mischievous, unmannerly, stubborn and disruptive.
The 12-year-old also had an unpleasant report. He is the third of four children and his parents, Albina Lewis and Arnold Persaud, are also separated. His recalcitrant behaviour was blamed mainly on domestic problems due to his mother’s mental illness and his father’s irresponsible behaviour. His father was described as a pimp.
The mother blames the father for her state of affairs. Their dwelling was described as an ‘all in one’ one- flat house with no doors or curtains for privacy. There is a bed frame and no mattress. The mother states that she and her children survive by the ‘grace of God’.
It was also told that he had no respect for his mother. At school he was depicted as a bully, very disrespectful and disruptive. In the community he was described as ‘a devil and a menace that the community was eager to get rid of’.
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