Albert Jno Baptiste of Virgin Lane Roseau failed to convince the court that he should be given “a break” after he pleaded guilty to maliciously damaging the left fender of a vehicle which he said was obstructing him.
Jno. Baqptiste told the court that he had made several reports to the police about the matter but received no satisfaction. On August 5, 2012 he then took the matter into his own hands and damaged the fender of the vehicle resulting in the owner making a report to the police.
“You have to respect people’s property…you can’t take the law in your hands,” Magistrate Candia George told the very remorseful first time offender.
Jno. Baptiste was fined EC$900.00 the value of the fender to be paid by September 30, 2012 and in default, two months jail. He also has to pay EC$500.00 by October 31, 2012 or face another two months jail.
Another man, Anthony Charles of 154-C RBC Bath Estate, was also fined after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and wounding.
The court was told that Charles went to the Roseau Police Station on Saturday August 4, 2012 at 10:30am and said, “Officer I just prick Oscar Laville in Newtown with a scissors…” Charles was arrested for the offence and he pleaded guilty telling the court that Laville had stolen his cell phone and shoes from his home.
He was fined EC500.00 for possession of the offensive weapon to be paid by August 31, 2012 failing which Charles faces 2 months in jail and EC$1,000.00 for wounding to be paid by October 31, 2012 or spend 3 months behind bars.
Oscar Laville was also arrested and charged for theft of a cell phone and shoes belonging to Anthony Charles.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and is now on remand in prison as he was not able to get a proper person to bail him.
The trial date is set for November 20, 2012.
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