Thirty-year-old Wendel Defreitus was already sentenced on Tuesday for battery and wounding after hitting his brother Kell Bramble with a stone. Defreitus re-appeared in court on Thursday for another offense against his brother.
Defreitus told the court on Tuesday that he was fed up of his brother taking his belongings and using it after he worked hard to buy them.
“I working construction … everything at my home my brother taking it … Everytime I bring something he just taking it … he running behind me with a knife…” Defreitus claimed.
He told police that “the man troubling me so I hit him with a stone,” when he was confronted about the matter.
Defreitus, the defendant, pleaded guilty to the battery and wounding charges on Tuesday, and was sentenced to pay $1, 200 by May monthend or he spend five months in jail.
The facts of this initial case heard before Magistrate Ossie Lewis stated that Defreitus hit his brother in the stomach area on April 2, 2010. He was arrested on April 4, 2010.
On re-appearing yesterday before Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin for threatening to kill his brother during another dispute on April 6, 2010, Defreitus was sentenced to serve a suspended sentence of $1,000 for two years.
Behanzin also ordered him to not get into any trouble with the law, or he will pay the fine or spend nine months in prison if he fails to pay.
Defreitus and Brambled lived together.
In mitigation, Defreitus told the magistrate, “since Christmas I not sleeping in the house … Is my mother that paying rent…”
The magistrate replied, “You’re 30-years-old and your mother is paying rent?”
Defreitus replied, “I help her too.”
– Hermisha Rolle, Staff reporter