Dispute over cocaine ends up in court

A 45-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stabbing an elderly man during a quarrel over “diluted cocaine”.

Terrance Sandor Bowen, of no fixed place of abode, will have to spend an additional six months at Dodds prison for breaching a bond which was imposed on him back in June.

The automatic sentence was triggered when he admitted to unlawfully and maliciously wounding 77-year-old Keith Bedford on December 21.

Station Sergeant Neville Reid informed the court that the two car washers were once friends, but were no longer on speaking terms as a result of a dispute.

On the aforementioned date, Bedford was on Queen Street, The City, when Bowen passed and deliberately brushed and pushed him.

An argument erupted and turned physical with Bowen pulling out a penknife and stabbing Bedford twice.

He then walked away while the victim sought medical attention for his injuries.

Six days later, Bedford saw his attacker along the same road and contacted police. Bowen was arrested, but the penknife was not recovered.

Today, the accused man told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that the facts outlined by the prosecutor were untrue while revealing that he had purchased cocaine from Bedford, who he claimed is a cocaine addict.

“I told him it was sh*t!

“I want quality stuff Sir. If you drinking alcohol you want quality stuff to get that good high, [but] it taste like kerosene oil. It taste really bad and I told him so and he got offended,” Bedford, who has been a user for the past nine years, explained.

The 45-year-old, who has 28 convictions – 11 of which involve violence – further revealed that he had been given an opportunity for rehabilitation at Verdun House but walked out because he was “craving the drug”.

He also informed Frederick that he used to live in St Joseph, but began living on the streets after stealing from his family and that he now lived behind the bus terminal where he also works as a car washer.

“It is not a house, but it is a place to rest my head,” he said.

However, the magistrate pointed out that he could have killed Bedford, even though Bowen was adamant that his victim “looked good for his age”.

Bowen also said he had already apologized to the elderly man, but said “I got scared for my life because the man did not give me [proper] stuff”.

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