Monday 17 June, 2019

Accused blames neighbourhood for his criminal actions

An upbringing in a "violent" community does automatically predispose an individual to a life of crime. 

This was the observation from Magistrate Douglas Frederick to a 23-year-old man found guilty of a loitering charge this week.

 Xzavier Malik Clarke, who originated in Marlhole Road, Halls Road, St Michael blamed his neighborhood for his behavior. 

"I come up in one of the most violent areas in Barbados, " said Clarke when asked about his criminal actions.

Clarke was found guilty of loitering in Hincks Street and being suspected of being there to commit theft. The facts indicate that he was observed pulling at car doors while in the carpark opposite the Jolly Roger docking station. He is also charged with having a knife, screwdriver, four gloves and scissors in connection with theft. The offences occurred on June 4, 2015.

Disappointed by Clarke's assertion that his actions were a result of where he grew up, the magistrate addressed him sternly.

"So you are saying there is no hope for you because you come from a bad neighbour hood?"

When the magistrate asked him to tell him "good things" about himself he said nothing.

Antoine Alexandra Clarke, who was jointly charged with Xzavier on the loitering charge was able to tell the court about numerous business ventures and community projects he now pursues. Evidence suggest Antoine, a 25-year-old of Laundry Road, Country Road, St Michael, was with Clarke at the time, hence the joint enterprise charge. 

Pre- sentencing reports were ordered for the two men and the matter adjourned until June 11.

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