Angry that his brother not only responded aggressively when asked if he could work alongside him, but also threw a punch, Winston McDonald Crichlow retaliated by hitting him in his head.
However, the actions resulted in Crichlow being charged with occasioning Ricardo Fields actual bodily harm on March 6, 2016 in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this afternoon.
The 42-year-old conductor of Lower Bridge Gap, Goodland, St Michael pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
Crichlow told the court the argument arose after he had asked his brother – the driver of a route taxi – if he could work as the conductor.
When he was told no, the two began to quarrel and it quickly escalated with his older brother throwing a punch at him.
After his brother threw the first punch and missed, Crichlow said he retaliated with a punch that connected to the left ear of the complainant.
“All he had to do was to explain to me that he didn’t have any money for rent and I would have still worked with him cause he is my brother,” Crichlow said.
Furthermore, the known offender told the magistrate he was trying to live a better life.
“I don’t steal anymore. I will work to find the money to pay a fine,” he said.
Appearing on his behalf, attorney Mohia Ma’at begged the court to be lenient, saying that his client had not wasted the court’s time. He also pointed out that it was Crichlow’s brother who had thrown the first punch.
Frederick then imposed a $750 fine on Crichlow to be paid in three weeks. If it is not paid, he will serve three months in prison.
Prosecutor Sergeant Rock revealed that the Crichlow asked his brother to work as a conductor on the ZR after being picked up in Haynesville. When his brother said no, Crichlow struck him in his left ear before making his escape.
The matter was then reported to the police and Crichlow, who was already on bail for another charge, was arrested and charged by lawmen.