Tyre man placed on bond for a year

A tyre repairman from The Ivy Main Road, St Michael was Tuesday ordered to keep the peace for a year.

Presiding in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court No. 2, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant handed down the sentence to 47-year-old Christopher Anthony Trotman, who admitted to unlawfully wounding Joseph Prince in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

According to the facts presented by police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid, Trotman and Prince, who lived together, were involved in a verbal spat over missing cigarettes about 4:30 a.m.

During the argument, Prince reportedly referred to Trotman as a cripple, which angered the accused man. Trotman allegedly took up a piece of pipe and struck the complainant across his head.

He then left the house and went to his sister’s where he reported the matter to police. He also requested assistance in getting his things from the house he shared with Prince.

However, when the police arrived, Prince gave his version of what took place and pointed to a bleeding gash on his head.

Asked by Cuffy-Sargeant whether he had anything to say, Trotman said: “It was his pipe and not cigarettes. He was smoking dope . . . drinking rum and watching blues . . .

“I tell him I not in that, I keeping quiet. I try to keep cool and he coming at me all the time. When I return to the house to get my things with the police, I see him bleeding.”

If Trotman, who is known to the courts, breaches the 12 month bond, he will be fined $1,500 forthwith with an alternative of six months in prison.

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