A Pointe Michel man will have to pay the court $1,000 after beating his relative with a cutlass.
‘Bad blood’ has reportedly existed among the two for some time now.
Bernard Gregoire appeared before Magistrate Candia George at the Roseau Magistrate Court Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to the charge of battery.
According to the facts of the case from police prosecution, on the morning of Friday July 22, the complainant was standing on the Pointe Michel public road with a cutlass in his hand speaking to a gentleman. whilst so doing the defendant passed by and entered a shop. On his way from the shop he reportedly heard the defendant talking about money.
“What you use to do before there, you cannot do it again.” The defendant said to the complainant, then proceeded to take the cutlass from the hands of the complainant, dragged him unto the road and lashed the complainant with the flat of the cutlass on the left shoulder.
Both men reported the incident to Point Michel police almost as soon after it occured.
“Officer, the man was referring to me when he was talking about the money, I tell him doh talk about me, he doh stop, so I take the cutlass from him and I beat him,” the defendant admitted to police.
When police cautioned the defendant and informed him that he was being arrested and charged for battery, the defendant regretted his action. “I should never trouble mister, I would never be in this problem now,” the defendant told police.
Gregoire, who was not represented by counsel, indicated that he was sorry during a plea in mitigation before the Magistrate.
In handing down the sentence Magistrate George considered that the defendant pleaded guilty and did not waste the courts time.
Gregoire will have to pay the fine before September 30 or spend three months behind bars.