The decision to use the rod against the teenager has also been endorsed by the Commissioner of Police, CG Walwyn.
Police reports have indicated that the 17 year old Juvenile and twenty (20) years old Javel Bassue of Irish Town Bay Road were jointly charged for larceny of goods from a Yacht berthed in the Basseterre harbour.
Both men allegedly swam out to the yacht and committed larceny. They were convicted and sentenced as follows: The juvenile was ordered to pay the sum of $2,700.00 EC and also ordered to receive eight (8) strokes with a Tamarind Rod.
The older culprit, Javel Bassue was ordered to pay $2,700.00 forthwith.
However, having been unable to pay the money forthwith he was sentenced to three (3) months imprisonment. Restitution of the stolen items was made to the Virtual Complainant who thanked the criminal justice system of the Federation, said a police report.
Commissioner Walwyn said he supports not sparing the rod and spoiling the child, and has said that he would like to see more use of the rod being ordered by the court.
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