A National Housing Corporation (NHC) supervisor who was accused of threatening a co-worker was allowed to walk free when he appeared in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Winston Alphonso Rock, 55, of Perfection Road, Bush Hall, St Michael had been accused of using threatening words, “You don’t know who you dealing with. I would murder you, boy”, towards David Padmore on September 21, 2016, with intent to cause him to believe that immediate violence would be used against him.
He pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, but was allowed to leave the court without a stain on his record after telling the court what had transpired that led him to make the comment.
According to the facts, the two men work at the NHC and on the day of the incident, Rock gave Padmore instructions which he refused to carry out.
There was an exchange of words and the dispute escalated, resulting in Rock making the threat.
Rock, who is a first-time offender, explained to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that the incident stemmed from a work-related matter in which a Bobcat was due to go for inspection on September 19.
He claimed that someone had removed the machine from the compound without his knowledge and inquiries were made of workers who were present, but that yielded no results.
Rock said that later that afternoon, Padmore and a man known as Milk arrived and he questioned them about who had removed the Bobcat but neither of them replied.
He disclosed that he told Padmore two days later to take the machine for inspection at MTW but “he got highly offended . . . threw documents at me . . . and told me to get someone else to do it”.
“He came all in my face and I told him to stop putting his hand in my face. It was then that I told him [the offensive words]. I didn’t mean it, but I said it,” Rock said.
However, the magistrate informed him that as a supervisor he should know the appropriate action to take in such situations.
“But Padmore was very hostile,” Rock replied.
“Hence, why you should have walked away and reported the matter,” the magistrate countered.
Cuffy-Sargeant subsequently told Rock he was free to go.