Businessman guilty of hitting employee
Three years after businessman Ricky Roland “Owlie” Alkins hit one of his employees in the face with a rock, he was found guilty by a jury earlier today.
The jury determined that Alkins, 42, of Hannays, Christ Church, had intentionally caused serious bodily harm to Stephen Larrier on February 28, 2012.
The case, which was presided over by Justice Margaret Reifer in the No. 2 Supreme Court, was prosecuted by Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney and acting Senior Crown Counsel Allison Burke.
Attorneys-at-law Kerrie Symmonds and Michelle Forde were defence counsel.
During the trial, the court heard from Larrier that as a driver, he leased the minibus from Alkins at a daily rate of $460. On the particular day while plying the Bayfield to Bridgetown route, he had a flat tyre which he got fixed. When he returned the vehicle and the money to Alkins, he explained to him that he only had $430 since he was off the road for a while with the tyre repair.
It was after telling him so that Alkins insisted that he was not accepting any “shorts”.
Larrier testified that he was uncomfortable with Alkins’ behaviour so he informed him that his bus was outside “full of diesel” and he (Larrier) left the house.
As he reached outside by the minibus, Larrier recalled hearing Alkins ask if he was “going come up or you going let me use these? He reported noticing Alkins holding “a big rock” in each hand.
As he was looking around for something to arm himself with, he felt a blow to the left side of his face, before his forehead was grazed with the second rock.
In his sworn statement from the witness stand, Alkins said that Larrier had threatened him and then chucked him. He only hit the complainant after that occurred.
Both Drs Reginald King and Haresh Gopwani testified that they examined Larrier and found a fracture to the left side of his face. They described the injury as severe.
Justice Reifer ordered a presentencing report on Alkins and remanded him until Thursday, when he returns to court.