A 60-year-old Newtown man has been ordered to pay $1,000 in compensation to 17-year-old Joshua Letang by October 31 or will spend 4 months in jail in default after he pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding on Friday.
Morris Xavier was also fined $400 to be paid by 31 December or 10 weeks in prison.
According to prosecutor Valda Powell, Xavier was in his window when he saw Letang and another young man in a ‘disagreement. ‘
Xavier allegedly said something to the complainant who immediately responded. It is reported that Xavier “did not like” the teenager’s response and came out of his home with a piece of stick, which he used to hit the teen on his head.
Letang made a report at the Roseau police station and Xavier was arrested.
Letang’s mother told the court on Friday that her son had to miss an internship he was involved in as a result of the injury. She said her son suffered two weeks of pain and suffering and had received some stitches on his forehead.
Xavier explained to the court that he got angry because the young man started cursing him when spoken too. He said Letang used a bottle to hit him on the head and he swung the piece of wood at him as a result.
“You have to learn to mind your business,” Magistrate Ossie Lewis told Xavier and said to him that he should not have gotten involved in the confrontation between the two boys.
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