Missing target costs $1,500
Throwing two rocks at another man and missing the target, instead hitting a parked car, will cost Rico Danny Kirton $1,500.
The Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, St Michael resident was ordered to pay that money to the vehicle owner when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.
The court heard how Kirton and another man who goes by the name Hassan, were having a dispute in Kirton’s neighbourhood. Hassan threw two rocks at Kirton but they missed and hit a bench.
Kirton then went home and returned with a cutlass and two rocks. When he threw the rocks, the projectiles hit a woman’s car and damaged its roof and one side.
When he went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today, Kirton said he was trying to keep out of trouble and listened to his neighbours who told him to calm down.
He said he was “just done with it” and “sitting down calm when the same fella pelt rocks at me”.
“But why would you get involved in this foolishness? Suppose you had injured somebody? You just came out of prison,” the magistrate queried.
He then ordered Kirton to pay the owner of the car $1,500. The estimate for repairs to the vehicle was $1,475.
“Tell this lady how she is going to get her car fixed,” the magistrate told Kirton.
“I willing to pay every week cause I self-employed,” he answered, adding that he could pay $50 weekly.
But saying that would take too long, Magistrate Frederick told Kirton that he either needed to come up with a better plan or get a call to his mother who was on the way to the court “so that she won’t come down here empty-handed”.
When Kirton’s mother showed up, the court was told that she was unemployed and could not pay.
However, attorney-at-law Oliver Thomas met with the parties and later told the court that both Kirton and the owner of the car had reached an agreement and he would pay her $125 every week for 12 weeks.
The court ordered the landscaper to make those payments as promised, or face three months in jail.
He was also placed on a bond to keep the peace for six months. If that bond is breached, he will have to part with $1,500 forthwith or spend a month in prison.
“You have to learn to resolve your issues in a different way,” Magistrate Frederick warned.