Three assault cases dismissed

courtMagistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant threw out assault charges against three men in different cases today, after the complainants said they no longer wanted to proceed with the matters.

Keith Osbourne Beckles, 33, of 3rd Avenue Fairway Gardens, Christ Church had faced two charges. He was accused of assaulting Nicholas Miller and Yvette Beckles on October 9 in separate incidents, occasioning them actual bodily harm.

Nicholas Clairemont Miller, 26, of 3rd Avenue, Goodland, St Michael was charged with assaulting Kemani Beckles on October 9.

And Rico Obrien Andrew Brathwaite, a 26-year-old resident of Jackman Road, Wavell Avenue, St Michael, was charged with assaulting Chrisann Layne, occasioning her actual bodily harm.When the matters came up for hearing, the court was informed that none of the alleged victims wanted the cases to go further.

As a result, Cuffy-Sargeant had no choice but to dismiss the matters.

But she imposed court costs of $200 on each accused, which had to paid immediately.

Meantime, in two other assault cases, the accused men were each granted bail in the sum of $6 000.

Shaquan Shakeel Shakur Walcott was released after he denied assaulting Darion Marville on July 5, occasioning him actual bodily harm.

His bail, which he secured with one surety, came with conditions. The 17-year-old of Beliar Land, Richmond, St Michael was placed on a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, and warned to stay away from the complainant.

He returns to court on January 10, 2017.

Also appearing before Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Court No. 2 was Dave Everton Phillips of #163 Tulip Close, Lower Burney, St Michael.

The 46-year-old is accused of assaulting Deborah Phillips on October 8, occasioning her actual bodily harm.

There was no objection to bail from the police prosecutor after Phillips pleaded not guilty to the offence.

However, he was warned to stay away from the complainant.

Phillips is scheduled to re-appear in court on January 16, 2017.

One Response to Three assault cases dismissed

  1. Tony Waterman October 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    This is absolutely WRONG, and our esteemed Attorney General, SHOULD find a way to eliminate this practise in the Justice system.

    Assault,occasioning actual bodily harm, this to me the Layman, means a VIOLENT Attack, the Law should be ammended, so that it would not matter if the Victim wants out, what should matter is that Under our PRESENT LAWS, a crime was committed, and there should be consequences for the perpretrator of that Crime.

    Come om Mr. Ag. Lets make give those Laws some Bite. A crime is a crime, no matter what the Victim says, and as long as it was reported, Investigated, and Charges Laid, there should be a Judicial Conclusion to it.


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