CASTRIES –– A minibus driver is nursing a black and blue eye and cuts and bruises after refusing to give a stranger man $2.
Bryan Gregg, who operates a minibus on the La Croix to Castries route (Route 3A), told St Lucia News Online (SNO) yesterday that he was second in line to leave the city on Saturday, when a man came up to him and requested $2. Gregg said by refusing to give the man the money he was attacked.
“After refusing to do so, he pushed me down on a chair. I didn’t bother to fight back because I didn’t want trouble,” he told SNO.
Gregg said the man went on to remove his hat from his head. After, Gregg said the man disappeared, but it wasn’t long before he returned intent on hurting him.
“I didn’t see him, but he was behind the bus and as I was going to enter my bus; he attacked me with a piece of wood that had nails all over it.”
Gregg said the man lashed him about his face, which led to his sustaining an injury to the eye, and cuts and bruises to the hands. The man used the same wood to lash the front window screen of Gregg’s minibus, which was damaged beyond repair. The 50-year-old man however managed to take away the wood, but the stranger later escaped. The matter was reported to the police and Gregg was taken to hospital. He is now at home nursing his injuries.
The bus driver claims that his attacker is known as Cook and last lived in Cul De Sac. He said people at the bus park know of his whereabouts, but had refused to tell the police his exact location. The man has gone into hiding since the incident. He was recently released from prison.
Gregg said that for the eight years he has been operating his route he has never encountered such. He hopes the police find the perpetrator and that he is placed behind bars.
“I never had problem with this guy . . . . I hardly know him,” the bus driver said.
(St Lucia Online)