Welder owns up to assault of stepfather

COURT TODAY BLOCKAntonio Alphonso Matthews admitted to a Bridgetown court today that he hit his stepfather a few days ago. The Headley Land, Bank Hall, St Michael resident pleaded guilty to assaulting John Wilfred and damaging his vehicle on June 28.

The 34-year-old welder appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court where he was granted $3 000 bail by Magistrate Douglas Frederick and ordered not to venture within 100 yards of Headley’s Land or approach the complainant.

The facts revealed that Matthews was sitting under a shed at Headley’s Land when Wilfred came and sat beside him. Wilfred had a dog with him at the time, from which he was taking off fleas. Matthews got annoyed and hit the complainant on his left arm and right leg.

The matter was reported to the police.

However, later that day, the two scuffled again and Wilfred came at Matthews with a cutlass.

Matthew’s sister and a neighbour got involved and hit Wilfred on his head and body. After that fight ended, Wilfred was on his way home when Matthews threw
bottles and rocks at him, damaging the vehicle in the

Matthews later turned himself in to police. He told the court today the disagreements between his stepfather and himself really came about over issues related to household expenses.

Matthews returns to court on Friday.

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