Young defendant regrets ill-treatment



GREAT BAY – It does not often happen that a young defendant truly apologizes for a crime and that he is prepared to pay damages and follow anger management training, but yesterday was one of those days in the Court in First Instance. Darius de Weever had hit somebody with a fake weapon on November 23 of last year when he thought the man was stealing from a house.

De Weever acknowledged what had happened and said that he regretted it, adding that he would be able to pay damages – estimated at around $250 – by Friday.

One day, the young man said, he wants to own a car wash.

“Is that a dream?” the judge asked.

“No, I am working on it, the defendant said with confidence.

The public prosecutor told the court that De Weever has learned his lesson, since he spent 14 days behind bars after the incident. “The question remains why this had to be so long,” the prosecutor said. He demanded a 2-week conditional prison sentence, 40 hours of community service, wholly conditional, and 2 years of probation.

“My client thought he had caught a thief red-handed, Defense attorney Marlon Hart said.

The court followed the prosecutor’s demand.