‘Frustrated’ youth on attempted murder charge tells court he wants to die


A 21-year-old resident of Diamond, East Bank Demerara caused much chaos at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court this morning when he wrestled with officers at the court after he was charged with attempted murder.

Due to the unruly behaviour of Akeem Lammy, officers called for backup in order to get him under control.

The young man, upon hearing he is remanded, went berserk and broke his handcuffs while in the prisoners’ docks and assaulted a police officer.

Upon seeing the commotion, the court’s orderly rushed to the aid of the police officer while the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan escaped into her chambers.

At that point, Lammy’s sister ran into the docks to subdue the young man.

The police managed to get the situation under control. Lammy, as he made his way out of the prisoner docks, began to cry uncontrollably.

The charge alleged that on June 10, Lammy wounded Johnny Ramdeen at Norton Street, Werk-en-Rust with intent to commit murder. He was not required to plea to the charge.

Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question there was a misunderstanding between the men and Lammy allegedly hit Ramdeen in the head several times with a piece of wood.

The court heard that Ramdeen is at the Georgetown Public Hospital nursing a fractured skull.

Lammy, however, told the Magistrate that he lives on the streets and is frustrated. He then went on to tell the Magistrate that he wanted to die.

In this regard, the Chief Magistrate ordered that Lammy undergo counselling from a probation officer. He was remanded to prison until June 25.

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