-16-year-old has long rap sheet
One month after her 16-year-old son escaped from the Juvenile Detention Centre at Sophia,
Joanne Johnson is still pleading with him to turn himself over to police.
The mother is afraid that her son would be seriously harmed if he were to be found by the police.
Mrs. Johnson, who was at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts last Friday, stated that persons have informed her that there have been sightings of her son in the Sophia area.
The woman added that she relayed the information to police. The mother has not seen or heard from her son since his escape.
The teenager, who has an alarming rap sheet, is currently before the court on charges of illegal firearm and ammunition and robbery under-arms.
He is on trial before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly. Due to the teen’s failure to show up in court, his trial is being conducted in his absence.
Johnson said that she is scared for her son since persons might see him and hurt him because he is young.
“I have done everything possible to bring my son up in the right way. I have tried my best and it’s not good enough. At this stage I would just like my son to turn himself over to the police.”
The worried woman related that she has not seen or heard from her son since he broke out of custody. She is pleading with the public not to harm her son, but instead, contact the police.
“I don’t want to be involved. I’m tired of him misbehaving. Let the police handle the situation,” she said, adding that, on numerous occasions she has told her son to stay away from bad company and find a job.
She added that her son enjoys spending time with older male friends, most of whom are unemployed. “To be honest, I mek de children, me ain’t mek they mind. Let the police catch him and place him before the court and whatever the Magistrate do I’m okay with it,” the mother said with a look of dismay.
The woman related that she is always there for her son and would attend all his court hearings to lend support. She is now puzzled as to why her son would want to continue breaking the law with his recent escape.
However, while the mother is calling on the public to hand her son over to police, sources say that despite his age, the teen is viewed as a potentially dangerous inmate.
According to the source, he has repeatedly been found with sharpened implements.
Just about a month ago, he reportedly sawed through metal bars in his cell, but other juveniles tipped off police ranks in time to foil his escape.
According to reports, the teen slipped out of the Juvenile Holding Centre on August 8, last, after being taken to the Administrative Office to speak with a senior civilian staffer.
This Publication understands that after speaking to the staffer, the youth exited through the back door of the office. He reportedly then slipped through the main gate.
A source said that a police rank had escorted the juvenile from a cell to the office.
However, Kaieteur News understands that ranks are not allowed to be present when civilian staff is interviewing the juveniles.
The youth was arrested last April after he allegedly slapped a painter and robbed him at gunpoint. The incident occurred in ‘C’ Field, Sophia.
Police, acting on information, went to the teen’s home, where they allegedly found him with a revolver, a cell phone and other suspected stolen items.
A police official stated that the teen claimed that he rented the firearm from a ‘C’ Field, Sophia resident, whom he identified.
But after being taken into custody, the youth bolted from the Cove and John Police Station, after asking a rank to use the washroom.
When he turned up at his mother’s home, the woman alerted the police and he was rearrested.
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