SAC dean appears in court
Scores of St. Augustine’s College alumni wore red clothing when they appeared in court on Thursday in a show of solidarity for an administrator charged with causing harm to a student.
However, Reginald Forbes, who was arrested and charged over the alleged May 28 beating that reportedly left the seventh grader’s butt cheeks severely bruised, was not arraigned when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt as police are still reviewing the case file.
The incident engendered widespread commentary on social media after the child’s father posted a photo of his son’s injuries on Facebook.
Attorney Jerone Roberts said that police had initially directed Forbes to appear in court on June 3, but they later extended his bail to June 6.
Roberts said that police had informed Forbes that his attendance at court was not necessary. Nevertheless, Roberts said he advised his client to appear before Ferguson-Pratt in obedience to the bail bond.
Ferguson-Pratt asked the prosecutor, Corporal Samanatha Miah, for an update.
She said, “My instructions in respect to this matter is that the defendant needed not to be here today, as the file is still under review at a higher level.”
Roberts did not agree and he emphasized that Forbes’ attendance was to ensure that he was not arrested for breaching his bail conditions.
Ferguson-Pratt agreed and advised Forbes to return to the Fox Hill Police Station to execute another bail bond.