The trial of Dante Brooks, the son of dancehall deejay Mavado, has been adjourned until March 19, 2021. The sentencing date was initially set for March 12th. It’s been a difficult day for the Brook family, who are also mourning the loss of Mavado’s mother, Ms. Pinny, who died only a few days ago.
Brooks was charged with murder, unlawful firearm use, and arson. Attorney-at-Law Peter Champagnie QC, who was representing him, requested a postponement so that he could review the social inquiry report, which he only received today. The Attorney-at-Law demanded a postponement because the Victim Impact Statement needed to be revised.
Brooks, who is just 18 years old, and his co-accused Andre Hines were found guilty in January. They both appeared in court for sentencing and were remanded before their next court date.
The men have kept their innocence intact. Brooks was taken to justice as an adult. He and Hines have been on remand since 2018 after being charged with murder in the death of Lorenzo Thomas, also known as “Israel” or “Trulups,” in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew, where both men live. On June 5, 2018, a brutal murder took place.
The parties were initially charged with murder conspiracy, arson, shooting with intent, and unlawful weapons and ammunition possession.
Brooks has been held in a Kingston juvenile institution after several bail appeals were refused. There have also been delays in the trial’s launch, which was originally scheduled for January 7.
The prosecution team chose a judge-led trial over a jury trial because of a number of reasons, according to Champagnie, without going into detail about those factors.
However, it appears that the defence attorney’s plea in mitigation made before sentencing will take into account Brooks’ time in jail, as well as other factors such as his age, in deciding how many years in prison he faces in sentencing.
Meanwhile, the Gully artiste Movado will be burdened by his son’s trial and now his mother’s demise. Since he was previously sought by police, it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to attend his mother’s funeral.