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A Marabella fisherman,who went to the
home of a teenage girl he was charged with
sexually assaulting, and burnt her clothes,
was given a month to pay fines and com-
pensation totalling $3,050.
Selwyn John, 30, was also warned to stay
1,000 metres away from the 16-year-old
girl and from her home.
John was on bail for allegedly committing
two sex offences against the girl when he
went to her home on Monday.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the five
charges, including malicious damage,
assaulting three policeman and resisting
He appeared before Senior Magistrate
Nanette Forde-John in the San Fernando
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said
around 2 am John was at the teenager s
home when they got into an argument.
The teenager, who lives with her parents,
left the house and went to a neighbour s
home. Around 8.30 am she saw smoke com-
ing from the back of the house and found
some of her clothes, valued at $3,000, were
on fire. They included 20 tops and 23 pairs
Cpl Bahadur, PC Ali, PC Lutchman of
the Marabella Police Station responded to
When they got to the house, they saw
the accused climbing out of the window.
They ran after him and held him a short
Cpl Bahadur told John about the report
and that there were also two outstanding
A drug addict who admitted to stealing for
a living was jailed for six months on Tuesday
for stealing eight chocolate bars.
Kevin Yorke, 26, pleaded guilty to larceny
of chocolate when he appeared before San Fer-
nando First Court Magistrate Nanette Forde-
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said around
4.40 pm on Monday a security guard at Super-
Pharm Ltd, Marabella, saw Yorke pick up a
quantity of chocolates from the shelf and put
them in a knapsack.
He then walked out. The security officer
stopped Yorke and called the police.
When SRP Visham Boodlal of the Marabella
Police Station arrived, the security officer
handed him the knapsack and the police officer
found the eight chocolates, valued at $535.92.
When arrested, Yorke said: "Officer, I have
no money. I sorry, I put it in my bag."
Yorke, who had previous convictions for lar-
ceny, housebreaking and drugs, said he was in
the habit of stealing. He said he used to pur-
chase wholesale goods and sell them in the
market but the "drug use get in the way.
"I resort to this as a form of living."
Yorke said he was originally from McBean,
Anticipating that he would be sent to jail,
he told the magistrate there were two warrants
for him for not paying court fines and asked
to "do one jail" for everything.
Telling him he needed to get a handle on
his life, the magistrate said: "You are in
trouble.You are only 26 and all you are doing
She told him the jail terms for not paying
the fines would run concurrently with the six
months he has to serve for the case. SW
warrants for his arrest for not attending court.
The accused began to pull away violently and
started "firing cuff at the officers and began biting
the three officers during the struggle."
When they subdued him, he said: "Officer, I doh
want to go to court, they go lock meh up."
The teenager, who does not go to school and has
an eight-month-old baby, was in court.
John apologised to the magistrate for his actions
and asked for another chance. He said he did not
come to court for the other matters because he had
been kidnapped by gunmen and taken to Venezuela.
He said he told the men he had to go to court but
they told him he had to stay there.
John had previous convictions for drugs.
The magistrate fined him $300 each for assaulting
Bahadur and Lutchman and ordered him to pay
them $500 each in compensation. She ordered him
to pay $150 in compensation to Ali.
She also fined John $300 on the malicious damage
charge and ordered him to pay the girl $1,000 in
He was reprimanded and discharged on the resist-
His bail on the two sex matters was reinstated on
condition that he stay away from the girl.
John will return to court for those matters on
Fisherman fined for burning teen's clothes
jailed for 6 months
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