THURSDAY, FEB. 16: Two men who admitted fighting outside of the Hamilton Police Station were today sentenced to time spent in custody.
Sanchea Douglas, 18, and Jacquii DeSilva, 17, pleaded guilty last month to taking part in a fight on Court Street with Trey Simons, 18, and Deunte Darrell, 19, on January 4.
They were also charged with having offensive weapons in their possession – helmets – in an increased penalty zone, within 100m of St Paul’s Preschool.
Mr Simons and Mr Darrell denied the charges and were bailed for trial at a later date.
Douglas and DeSilva were remanded into custody.
At the first hearing, the court was told that at 2:45pm that day, officers were on mobile patrol on Court Street when they saw four men fighting with helmets outside the Magistrates’ Court and Hamilton Police Station building.
Crown counsel Susan Mulligan said: “Officers ran over and tried to break up the fight but the men continued to fight with each other.
‘They were punching, kicking and swinging helmets.”
Ms Mulligan said police were eventually able to detain and arrest the men.
Both Douglas and DeSilva have previous convictions from juvenile court.
DeSilva was still on a two-year probation order and Douglas was on court bail for taking a bike without consent of the owner.
Sentencing the men, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said: “In this case, both men have got previous convictions.
“They have been dealt with by these courts before and put on probation.
“They have been given a chance before, therefore it would seem that they need direction, to put it my way.”
He continued: “The 35 days that they have spent in custody is enough of a short, sharp shock and it’s not my intention to further lock them up.
“But we have got the recommendations set out in the social inquiry report.”
Sentencing Douglas for the fight and stealing the bike, Mr Warner put him on two years probation, told him he must report to probation officers as directed, abstain from drugs and alcohol, complete random and scheduled drug testing, submit for a BARC assessment, stay away from people who engage in illegal activity, participate in any programmes deemed necessary by court services and adhere to a 9pm to 6am curfew as directed by court services.
DeSilva was given a similar sentence with two years probation, order to have no contact with any of the defendants in the case, stay away from people who engage in illegal activity, adhere to a 7pm to 7am curfew for the first three months, abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to random drug tests and complete any programmes deemed necessary by court services.
Both men were also given time spent in custody.