A 43-year-old fisherman who made his first ever appearance before a criminal court today, admitted to assaulting another man on November 2.
Shurland Decourcey Clarke of Breedy’s Gardens, Silver Sands, Christ Church was charged with assaulting Trevor Ellis on Wednesday, occasioning him actual bodily harm.
According to the facts presented in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court by police prosecutor Carrison Henry, Clarke and Ellis were once friends but had since been involved in a longstanding dispute.
On the day in question, Ellis walked into a shop and Clarke followed him and cuffed him on the right side of his face. Ellis fell to the ground, an ambulance was summoned, and he was taken to the hospital where he was treated before being discharged.
In his explanation, Clarke said the complainant had been bad talking him and would sometimes say “somebody horn de horner man.”
“I told him that if he has something to tell me, tell it to my face,” Clarke told the court.
He said the incident arose after he asked the complainant to put some dominoes away.
“So he come forward like he want to hit me with a bottle, so I swing my hand and my hand hit him and he turn around and fall down,” Clarke claimed.
In response, the magistrate quoted the adage, “trouble don’t set up like rain”.
“You saw what was happening and you could have stopped it. . . . You were flirting with danger for a while . . . and could have seen this trouble setting up like rain and you refused to be the bigger man . . . and avoid the complainant,” Seale said.
He told Clarke that for his “foolishness”, he would have to pay the court a $350 fine forthwith or spend three months in prison.