From the Courts
November 5, 2013
Prisoner’s outburst causes brief disruption of court’s proceedings

It seems that there is never a dull moment at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court.{{more}}

On Monday, there was another outburst by a prisoner which caused a brief disruption to the court’s proceedings.

Jason Williams, a 24-year-old labourer of Sion Hill, moments after receiving a three-year sentence for burglarizing a number of businesses and making off with items valued at a little under EC$40,000, was the latest person to create an uproar at the court.

After stepping off the defendant’s box and making his way to be seated next to the other prisoners on remand, Williams was handcuffed and was escorted out of the courtroom by an officer of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), also known as the “Black Squad”.

Shortly thereafter, as magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias called the next case, the shouting of obscenities and a loud thud on the door brought the proceedings to a halt. The commotion drew the attention of the officers on duty in the court, and the other officers who were present in the court at the time.

The door to the court room was locked, and by the time the all–clear was given, Williams was again shouting obscenities at two officers while waiting to be transported back to prison.

Over the last year, three prisoners smeared themselves with faeces before escaping police custody, while in May this year, another was shot dead during a routine bathroom break.(DD)