A 59-year-old man found guilty of wounding a woman two years ago now has three months to pay her $4 000 in compensation to avoid jail time.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick today imposed the sentence on Fordes Road, Clapham, Christ Church resident Errol Lynch, who had been charged with assaulting Delores Matthews on April 8, 2014, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
Matthews previously informed the court that she had been suffering from back pains since the incident and sought medical attention from a neurosurgeon, which was costly.
Today, she produced a medical report in the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court showing her expenses, and requested compensation in the sum of $5 000.
After taking some time to think over the offer, Lynch informed the court that he was willing to pay Matthews $4 000, but he would need six months to do so.
However, after Matthews accepted the counter-offer, the magistrate told Lynch that the victim having to wait six months to be compensated was not acceptable.
Frederick instead gave him three months to pay the money, with an alternative of six months in prison.
The magistrate also imposed a six-month bond on Lynch and warned him not to interfere with Matthews.
If he breaches the bond, he will spend three months behind bars.
Meantime, 31-one-year-old Kedar Ondre Holloway, who recently admitted to assaulting the mother of his child, was also ordered to pay compensation.
The Block 2D Sunnyside Court, Deacons Farms, St Michael resident must pay Shontelle Farrell $70 for her medical expenses.
He had been charged with assaulting Farrell on August 31 this year, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
Magistrate Frederick also placed him on a bond to keep the peace for six months, in breach of which he would spend three months in jail.
Also paying $80 in compensation to the mother of his child today, was Ryan O’Neal Browne of Arsenal Playing Field Road, Jackson, St Michael.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty on October 24 to assaulting Xicca Jemmott, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
A bond was also imposed on Browne to keep the peace for six months. If he breaches the bond he must pay $1 500 forthwith or spend one month in jail.