A 50-year-old man, who was listed on his charge sheet as having no fixed place of abode, was Monday remanded into custody at HMP Dodds on a charge of assault.
Herbert Raymond Kirton pleaded guilty in the No 1 District ‘A’ Court to assaulting Junior Pilgrim and occasioning him actual bodily harm on September 10.
In presenting the facts of the case, police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson said the virtual complainant was at home around 6:30 a.m. on the aforementioned date when he noticed smoke at the front of his guard wall.
According Watson, Pilgrim went outside with a bucket, extinguished the fire and returned inside his house to prepare for work. While waiting for transportation, he was confronted by Kirton, who allegedly said: “Who tell you out my fire?” Pilgrim reportedly said it was affecting people in his in the house before turning his back on Kirton, who allegedly struck him in the back with a rock.
Pilgrim was forced to seek medical attention for abrasions and other injuries.
Asked to account for his behaviour, Kirton told the court that the “bassa bassa” was over “a six-inch block and not a fire”.
“I never hit he with a rock, he fall down on his back . . . I was just cleaning the spot,” Kirton explained.
However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick warned the accused man that he “had no reason burning stuff outside the man house”.
“You have no house there. The man was protecting his house. This is a serious matter . . . . You came and disturb the man’s peace,” Frederick said before remanding Kirton to custody.
He returns to court on October 7.