A Conference St. Andrew shopkeeper was ordered to pay two thousand dollars in compensation to the virtual complainant, another resident of Conference for the offense of causing harm.
The accused appeared before the Grenville Magistrate’s court last Monday and pleaded guilty to causing harm to the complainant telling the court that he had a reason for doing what he did.
When the court questioned the cause he said that there was a fight in the vicinity between two men; one of who was the complainant. They were throwing bottles and stones and as a result he intervened to stop the disturbance. He used a cutlass to strike the complainant twice and in the process the complainant received a laceration to his left wrist. The court told him that he did not stop the disturbance but instead added fuel to the fire. The magistrate asked why he didn’t call the police and report the matter.
Instead he intervened into something that was not his concern in the first place and struck the man who did nothing to him.
The accused has eight months to pay the fine or serve eight months at Her Majesty’s Prison.