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Schoolboy to know fate

Teen to be sentenced after knocking classmate unconscious

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe results of a pre-sentencing report on 17-year-old secondary school student, Kofi Nicholas King, will help Magistrate Douglas Frederick determine the teenager’s fate.

King, who knocked a fellow student unconscious after hitting him with a chair a week ago, will remain on $3,000 bail until February 18 when he is scheduled to reappear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.

The schoolboy from Mansion Road, Bush Hall, St Michael admitted in court last Friday that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded fellow student, Travion Belle, on January 15.

According to court evidence, both teens, who attend a school in St Michael, were in a music class when Belle heard King tell another student: “I don’t have nothing to say to that homosexual on the right.”

Believing the comments were about him since he was on the right, Belle responded “S*** yuh mother.” The teacher intervened and stopped the confrontation.

However, after school, King threatened to “burst (Belle’s) head wid a rock”, prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson said. One of King’s friends pulled him away.

Days later, Belle was in a classroom about to have lunch when he noticed a group of boys coming in his direction. He then heard one shout “Swagga, left him”. Swagga is King’s nickname.

King then walked up to Belle and, standing just five feet away from him, asked: “Part all the talk is now?” Belle stood up but did not respond to King, who then took up a metal chair and threw it at Belle, hitting him on the left side of his face, knocking him unconscious. He fell but revived a few minutes later to see a pool of blood around him.

Belle told police that King continued his attack by hitting him in the head until one of his friends pulled him off. Even as King was being pulled away, he kicked Belle.

The matter was reported to the principal who informed the police.

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