Beausejour resident Jerry Peters has been spared a maximum 4-year prison term for the June 6 incident in which he admitted to causing a wound with a knife to one of his closest friends. Ryan Phillip of the same village.
Peters, a mason by profession, appeared before the St. George’s Magistrate Court (Number 1) on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of causing a wound to Phillip, before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill.
“I juke him (Ryan) with a knife,” Peters, who appears to be in his late 30s early 40s told the Court, when asked about the incident, which occurred around 11.00 p.m. on a beach in the Beausejour area on the day in question.
However, despite the fact that he was stabbed on the left side of his chest, mere inches away from the heart, the complainant Ryan Phillip told the Court during Tuesday’s sitting that he is grateful to have escaped the near death experience and pointing out that they are friends, he (Phillip) begged the Chief Magistrate to “free him up.”
“I don’t want to go through all of this,” Phillip told the Chief Magistrate, who then expressed great concern with what he was requesting given the seriousness of the incident.
“I understand that you are friends…This is a serious incident and I want you to understand that…you would not have been standing here to beg for him if the knife went a little lower,” Magistrate Gill noted before standing down the matter to give it further consideration.
Phillip, who apologised to both the Court and his friend for the serious act, was then fined EC$500 to be paid in 3 months with a default sentence of 6 months behind bars at Her Majesty’s Prison, Richmond Hill. Meanwhile, a Mt. Rush resident Donnel Bonaparte has gotten away lightly on 2 counts of assault and 3 counts of insulting and threatening language following two incidents that took place during the course of last weekend.
During Monday’s court proceeding, 2 of the 3 complainants begged the court to not impose a custodial sentence on their neighbourhood friend (Bonaparte) who pleaded guilty to the assault charges but not guilty to those of insulting and threatening language.
However, they expressed the desire to have Bonaparte acknowledge that what he did was wrong and out of character.
Bonaparte, a father of one (1), admitted that he was involved in arguments with the complainants and related to the court that he is indeed close with them.
He apologised to the Court and the complainants for his actions, which included aggressive arguments with 2 of the complainants, chasing down another with a scissors and spitting in the face of a sister who tried to bring peace during a heated argument that was taking place between Bonaparte and her brother.
At the end of it all, Chief Magistrate Gill fined him (Bonaparte) $500 for each assault charge and $250 for each count of insulting and threatening language, to be paid within the next 5 months with a default sentence of 3 months behind bars for the assault charges and 2 months for the charges of insulting and threatening language.