A 16-year-old student on armed robbery, abduction, and burglary charges turned up to court on Friday in his school uniform, carrying a back-pack, apparently full of books, and a business textbook in his hand.
“Whey yo’ come in dem clothes dey for?” Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne asked Ozem Oliver, as he and his co-accused—Andreas Bruce and D’Andre Peters — entered the Serious Offences Court, in Kingstown.
“They still accept you in school?” she further asked Oliver, who was wearing the uniform of West St. George Secondary School.
“Yes, please,” Oliver said.
“And what form you’re in?” she further asked the teen accused.
“Form 5,” Oliver said.
The trio were in court for further hearing in the preliminary inquiry into a charge that on Aug. 10, 2018, at Glen, being armed with a gun, they robbed Denise Baptiste, of Glen, of one gold J7 Prime Samsung Galaxy cellular phone, value EC$1,100, and at the time of so doing, put Baptiste in fear of being then and there subjected to force.
At the end of Friday’s hearing which included the testimony of the investigator, detective Constable Hadley Ballantyne, the trio were committed to stand trial at the High Court.
Oliver has a number of other charges pending before the court, including that on April 18, 2018, he, along with Dale Hooper, 16, along with fellow Glen residents, Adolphus Lynch and Kemarl Richardson, both 21-year-old labourers of Diamond, entered the dwelling house of a 70-year-old retired businessman, of Ratho Mill, and stole a quantity of items, value EC$2,394.
Oliver is also among three teens charged with four counts of abduction allegedly committed in Villa on Aug. 17, 2018.
He is charged alongside Hooper, and Timothy Nickie, a 17-year-old labourer, of Glen, that they abducted, at gunpoint, Alliyah Bullock, of Welcome, Johanna John, of Queen’s Drive, Shanez Francis, of Harmony Hall, and Jade Adam, of Redemption Sharpes.
Nickie was also charged that he assaulted two of the females by pushing them from a motor vehicle.
Meanwhile, Hooper and Oliver were further charged with unlawfully threatening to discharge a firearm at the women.
Oliver was also charged with possession of an imitation firearm.