After pleading guilty to intentionally damaging Rasheda Gittens’ car on May 4, a St James man was today given one week in which to pay her $2 100 in compensation or he will face a month in jail.
When Pierre Rakario Sandiford, a shop assistant of 4th Avenue Durants Village, went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he assured the court that he could come up with the money by next Monday.
The facts revealed that when Gittens arrived home on the day, she parked her car on the lawn and went inside. Sometime after, Sandiford, her ex-boyfriend, showed up. She was in the verandah at the time and he called out to her, demanding that she return his property to him.
She ignored him and went inside to her bedroom. Her grandmother intervened and asked her to hand over whatever it was she had for him. By the time the complainant reached the front door, Sandiford was standing behind her car with a golf club. He hit the car, causing damage to the left rear passenger door, left mirror, rear and head lights.
Sandiford told the court that he had given the complainant $7 000 to hold for him, which she never handed back over. He also said one of her relatives had since repaid him. Gittens denied knowing anything about the money.
Sandiford was placed on a bond to keep the peace for three months or he will spend a month in prison.