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Teen admits taking part in three fights

A Hamilton Parish teenager has admitted taking part in three fights that were said to be linked to student rivalries.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court this morning, Jamali Laws, 16, pleaded guilty to charges of affray that related to incidents on January 20, February 1 and March 7.

Laws, a former CedarBridge Academy student, had denied all three charges at a previous court appearance on May 25.

The first offence took place outside of CedarBridge Academy at about 3.30pm on January 20.

The court heard that Laws, who now attends the Adult Education School, was seen by school staff hitting another student with a helmet.

The fight, which involved several students, was also recorded on CCTV, prosecutor Maria Sofianos said.

Ms Sofianos added that the fight was linked to a rivalry between CedarBridge Academy students from central areas and those from the East End.

At the previous court appearance, co-defendant Eynche Zuill also admitted being involved in the fight, while Jaire Butterfield denied the offence.

Another teenager, Jahkai Bailey, denied a charge of using threatening gestures in connection to the incident.

A Social Inquiry Report was ordered for Zuill and a trial date was set for Mr Butterfield and Mr Bailey.

The second altercation took place on North Street, near the Transport Control Department, on February 1 at about 3.55pm.

Laws was one of several students, who did not appear before the courts today, that were captured on CCTV “viciously” attacking two students taking part in Project Ride with helmets and canes.

And during the third incident, which took place in the Palmetto Road area of Devonshire on March 7, Laws was one of several students who attacked another group of students as they made their way to the bus stop on North Shore Road. The co-defendants did not appear today.

Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered an updated Social Inquiry Report, adjourned sentencing until July 21 and extended bail.

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