A 27-year-old man from Colihaut, Kelver Aaron, who was found guilty on October 29th, 2015 of causing grievous bodily harm to Myrone George of the same community in March of 2014, escaped a jail sentence but will have to pay over fifty thousand dollars in compensation to George.
According to the facts, on March 02, 2014, at the opening of Colihaut Carnival, an altercation between Aaron and George resulted in Aaron throwing a stone at George which struck him on the nose. As a result, George had to be transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for medical attention and was seen by ENT, Dr. Irving Pascal.
In his report, Dr. Pascal said Myrone George complained of facial pain, epistaxis (bleeding from the nose) and decreased sensation to his left cheek and upper lip. “On examination there were multiple abrasions to the nasal pyramid and left cheek with surrounding swelling and tenderness. Nasal airway patency was decreased bilaterally. There were no palpable bony abnormalities, but sensation was decreased in the distribution of the left infraorbital nerve,” the doctor stated.
The report continued, “CT scan of the orbit/facial bones revealed a depressed fracture of the inferior and medial wall of the left orbit, displaced fracture of the inferior right orbital wall. Multiple displaced fractures of the left maxillary sinus and multiple fractures of the nasal bones and septum and left frontal bone. The globes and external muscles were normal in density and position.”
Dr. Pascal said George was treated and sent for reconstructive surgery. George then traveled to Barbados to have the surgery. Aaron’s lawyer, Peter Alleyne, told the court that he was grateful that George agreed to be compensated. He also commended State attorney in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Fernillia Felix, for her research and work in the case. Aaron, he told the court, was a hard working poultry farmer and was “remorseful for his actions.”
George had submitted his medical bill and expenses which amounted to EC$32,470.00 to the court. He was awarded that amount and for pain and suffering $20,000.00 a grand total of $EC52,470.00 plus interest at 5% from the date of the decision.
He has one year to pay and in default, one year in jail. He was also told that if he pays 50% or more of the amount and is having difficulty in continuing his payment, he can apply to the court for an extension.