Mavado’s 16-y-o Son Could Be Tried & Sentence as an Adult
A debate has been sparked as to whether or not the 16-year-old son of dancehall entertainer Mavado, should face the court and be tried as an adult.
Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison has been warning persons who are under the age of 18, that they can face court proceedings as an adult, depending on the circumstances.
“We have a very specific regime in Jamaica that allows the Children’s Court to have jurisdiction in matters where children are in conflict with the law,”.
“Sometimes, especially when there is the concept of Joint Enterprise or Common Design, whereby the child is in concert with others or acting along with other persons in what is considered a ‘big people crime’ such as murder… that child now becomes eligible to be tried along with adults in a traditional court, which is not necessarily a Children’s Court.”
Harrison made the update during RJR’s Beyond the Headlines program.