Barbados: Weed user damages bus after hearing ‘voices’

(BARBADOS TODAY) – When a 23-year-old ran towards a Transport Board bus at a stop on Tuesday the driver had no idea that he had no intention of boarding it.

Instead, Anderson Lemar Holder, of No. 17 Douglas Development, Ashton Hall, St Peter ran directly and smacked into the front of the vehicle. He did not stop there.

Prosecutor Kenmore Philips said he then took a few steps back from the bus, which had stopped along Barbarees Hill on March 24 around 7:30 p.m., and ran right back into it a second time.

The prosecutor said Holder then proceeded to cuff the right side of the windscreen three times cracking it. An onlooker held him as he tried to run away from the scene. Police arrived, arrested him and took him to the Psychiatric Hospital where he was assessed by a doctor and found to be of sound mind.

When asked to give an account for his actions Holder replied: “I smoked some weed, heard voices and trip out and hit the bus.”

Today before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to damaging a motor omnibus belonging to the Crown without lawful excuse or was reckless as to whether such property would be damaged.

Attorney-at-law Asanti Brathwaite entering an appearance amicus curiae (friend of the court) on Holder’s behalf urged the court to assist the accused in getting the necessary assistance to reintegrate into society as a law-abiding citizen. “He has an issue with drugs and has indicated that he is willing to seek help,” the lawyer stated.

Holder said, “I would also like to apologise for my actions,” before consenting to being remanded at the Black Rock mental health institution for the next three weeks with a view to getting drug rehabilitation.

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