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handyman ends up in court after parting fight

COURT TODAY BLOCKWhat initially began as an act by a ‘Good Samaritan’ ended in a middle-aged St Michael man appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this afternoon.

When handyman Frederick Cortez Harris, 58, of Exchange Hill, St Michael appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife in a public place.However, he pleaded not guilty to assaulting two schoolgirls.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid told the court that Harris was at the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal yesterday when two 14-year-old girls got into
an altercation.

Harris intervened to stop the fight, but in doing so, he found himself in a shoving contest with one of the schoolgirls.

The girl’s aunt was present and she intervened while security personnel stationed at the bus terminal separated them.

During the altercation, Harris drew a knife from his bag, while making threats to use it.

The incident was reported to the police and when they arrived, he was still brandishing the weapon.

Police carried out investigations into the matter and he was subsequently charged.

Harris explained to the magistrate that he only drew the knife after he was kicked by one of the girls after stopping the fight.

He said she “grabbed onto him and would not let go” so he went for the knife.

Reid did not object to bail, so Cuffy-Sargeant granted it in the sum of $1,000 and ordered Harris to return to court on May 18 when she will deal with all three matters.

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