Young man goes berserk in chief magistrate’s court

Akeem Lammy

A 21-year-old Diamond, East Bank Demerara resident went berserk Wednesday morning at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, assaulting several police officers after hearing that he was being remanded to prison on an attempt murder charge.

Akeem Lammy appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and was not required to plead to the charge which read that on June 10 at Norton Street, Georgetown, he wounded Johnny Ramadeen with intent to commit murder.

Lammy had indicated to the court that he was frustrated because he was living on the streets and wanted to commit suicide.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, there was an argument between the two men, when Lammy armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt the victim several lashes about his head.
Mansfield told the court that Ramadeen was hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital with a fractured skull.

The magistrate after hearing the court facts remanded the unrepresented man to prison until June 25.

As an officer approached Lammy to place the handcuffs on his hands while in the prisoner’s dock, the man managed to assault the officer causing him to receive injuries.
“Yall kill me cause is long now I struggling,” Lammy shouted to the police as he dealt him several kicks and cuffs about his body.

At that point Lammy’s sister found herself in the prisoner’s dock, preventing the officers from controlling the situation. Other officers came to their colleagues’ aid, escorted the woman outside and managed to control the prisoner.