Let’s face it
ZR Operator admits to hitting other with bottle
McDonald Tyrone Lascelles of 33 St Anne’s Road, Pinelands, St Michael pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Malcolm Lewis on September 20, when he appeared yesterday before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
The District ‘A’ Magistrates Court heard that the two ZR drivers had an altercation and on reaching the Nursery Drive Terminal Lascelles threw the bottle at Lewis, hitting him in the right side of his face.
Lewis received a laceration as a result of the incident, sought medical attention and reported the matter to the police.
According to the guilty man, he was travelling behind Lewis on Sunday along Thornbury Hill, Christ Church. A woman at a bus stop put out her hand and Lewis appeared as if he were slowing down to pick her up. As a result, he (Lascelles) tried to overtake.
However, at the last minute, Lewis “pull the vehicle back cross pon me” which caused his van to “pick up a skate,” Lascelles explained. Lewis then got out of his van and challenged Lascelles to “do something ‘bout it.”
Lascelles recalled telling Lewis that he knew the owner of his ZR and would complain to him but Lewis’ response was, “I don’t care. As of today, anytime he see me on the road he gine write me off.”
“That is when I throw the bottle,” he said, adding that it was not the first time Lewis had done something like that.
The magistrate reminded Lewis that when persons “fight in the van stand, there are a lot of people around who can be injured… When you throw something from your hand, you don’t know where it is going to land,” he stressed.
He granted Lewis $2 500 bail and advised him that it is likely that the court would consider compensation, as well
as finding a way of keeping the 39-year-old first offender “on the straight and narrow.”