Pest sent for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

ALL WAS WELL for the first few days when she al­lowed Antonio Dar­win Smith to stay at her house, at her nephew’s re­quest, a se­nior cit­i­zen said.

Then the 21-year-old started com­ing in at all hours of the day and night; he would beg for money and fi­nally he be­came in­tim­i­dat­ing and abu­sive, not only to her nephew, but to her as well.

When she did fi­nally get him out, said pen­sioner Glo­ria Lynch, he re­turned and de­manded to be let in, which forced her to call the po­lice.

Lynch was giv­ing her side of the story when Smith,

21, of Spruce Street,

Nel­son Street, The City, ap­peared in the Dis­trict “A” Mag­is­trates Court.

He had pleaded guilty to re­fus­ing to leave Lynch’s premises af­ter he was di­rected to do so, some­time be­tween Novem­ber 20 and 21, by Lynch.

The el­derly woman told the court Smith spent one night and left; an­other night and left, but re­mained when he re­turned the third time.

He would eat break­fast and lunch at her house de­spite her urg­ing him to re­turn to wher­ever he lived.

“I would say to him,

‘Well, you don’t ex­actly live here; you are a vis­i­tor of my nephew. Go to your par­ents’. He would talk about his fa­ther so I would say, ‘Go to your fa­ther for break­fast’,” she said.

Fell on deaf ears

But her pleas fell on deaf ears. In fact, if he left, he would come back to see if there was some­thing to eat.

“And it got to the stage where I did not un­der­stand it be­cause he is not my sis­ter’s son. I am a pen­sioner and I have to pro­vide for my­self and some­times for my nephew. And I have a son who is autis­tic.”

She added the young man then started to beg for money, all the while promis­ing to re­pay, which he sel­dom did. She added there was a time he bor­rowed $5, re­paid it and then promptly bor­rowed it again.

The fi­nally straw came, months later, when he be­came abu­sive to her nephew.

The woman spent her nights and early morn­ings part­ing fights, she re­called.

“I’m say­ing my nephew brought in a mad per­son. What can I do? How can I get psy­chi­atric nurses to come and get him?”

He then turned his anger on her when she threat­ened to call the po­lice.

“I was com­pletely bro­ken down,” she said.

In his de­fence, Smith told the court: “I say to my­self I gine try to talk to the judge and get some­thing work out.

“I just ask­ing to see if I could mek a chance. I gine mek a chance. I gine do the right thing,” he said.

Smith added he had been to Verdun House but left af­ter he went “through a lit­tle prob­lem with other peo­ple who want to bully peo­ple”.

But Act­ing Mag­is­trate San­dra Rawl­ins told him:

“She [com­plainant Lynch] took you in with the in­ten­tion of as­sist­ing you, know­ing your back­ground. But you took ad­van­tage of these peo­ple.”

She re­manded him to the Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal for 21 days’ eval­u­a­tion.

Smith re­turns to court on De­cem­ber 14.





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