The man who was engaged in an altercation last week on the farm land of Agriculture Minister Roland Bhola at La Potrie in St. Andrew’s has given a different version of the encounter.
Bhola had denied in an MTV Newscast last week Thursday that during the altercation, Rondell “Lawson” Mitchell who resides in the St. Andrew’s North East Constituency which he represents in Parliament received chop wounds about the body.
THE NEW TODAY was also provided with another photo depicting what appears to be a chop wound on the back of the individual involved in the encounter with Minister Bhola.
However, pictures of Mitchell with what clearly appears to be plasters on various areas of his body have made their way onto social media.
Bhola told MTV he met Mitchell engaging in praedial larceny on his farm last week Tuesday and when he approached him to speak to him, he (Mitchell) allegedly charged at him with a knife he had in his possession.
According to Bhola’s account, the man held onto the blade of the cutlass that he (Bhola) had in his possession and was injured in the process.
Mitchell who gave his side of the story that was posted on social media said that he was making his way to the nearby River Antoine Estate to get some fruits to make punch.
He said while passing through Bhola’s farm he noticed some bananas lying on the ground spoiling.
Mitchell claimed that the senior Government Minister on seeing him allegedly issued death threats to him.
“The man say he killing me today… He said long he wanted to kill me,” he posted on the internet.
Mitchell said Bhola placed the cutlass in the area of his stomach and it was at that time he grabbed at it.
“I grabbed the cutlass with my hand, he turned the cutlass and it cut inside my hand,” he added.
He spoke of Bhola then instructing him to throw the knife he was carrying onto the ground, but instead he put it inside a bag he was carrying with him.
Mitchell admits that he was wrong to enter the property of the Minister of Agriculture but felt that he (Bhola) had no right to take the law into his own hand.
“I give myself wrong, but if the man had hold me and call the police… I would not have nothing to say about that,” he said.
The injured man accused the police of not taking him seriously when he went to make an official complaint about the incident.
He said he was laughed at by the lawmen whom he accused of trying to make him a “pappy show.”
When contacted by THE NEW TODAY newspaper about whether the police is aware of the altercation between Bhola and Mitchell, Officer in charge of the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvan McIntyre said he does not have any information regarding the allegation or any report on the matter.
ASP McIntyre said that nothing has been submitted to him about the allegation from the Grenville Police Station which is located in the Eastern Division.