Kelven Omar Bennett of Parks Road, St Joseph admitted today that he “had in a lil drinks” when he cuffed his coworker in the eye for no apparent reason.
The 24-year-old stock clerk returned to the District ‘A’ Traffic court today, a day after pleading guilty to assaulting David Smith on August 26, occasioning him actual bodily harm.
Smith, who is a driver at the business where the two men work, was waiting in the company vehicle when Bennett approached and struck him in the right eye. Smith drove off to avoid getting hit again. He reported the matter to police and Bennett was subsequently arrested.
“I can’t recall what the noise was about,” Bennett told a baffled Acting Magistrate Sandra Rawlins yesterday.
Today, however, Smith appeared in court and explained that he was sitting in the vehicle, speaking to another driver, when Bennett approached them asking “if we were talking his name, and just hit me”.
He further explained to Rawlins that he had no previous grouse with Bennett and was not sure why he was assaulted.
“That is the most bizarre thing I have ever come across,” Rawlins said, again asking Bennett the reasons for his action.
“To tell the truth, I can’t recall. I had alcohol in my system,” he replied, adding that he had never behaved in such a manner before.
Advising Bennett to “stay far away from alcohol” Rawlins ordered him to pay Smith $230 in compensation by September 26 or spend seven days in prison. Bennett was also placed on a 12-month bond to keep the peace. If he is charged and found guilty of any crime during that time, he will have to pay the court a $1,000 fine forthwith or spend three months in jail.
In another case today, the acting magistrate also ordered 32-year-old Dewayne Colvin Yarde of 8E Church Village, St Philip to pay his victim Damar Taylor the cost of two tyres he damaged on the man’s vehicle.
The incident occurred on August 31, after a female friend that Yarde went to pick up got into Taylor’s car instead.
Yesterday he told the acting magistrate that he “just let out the air” of the tyres, but Taylor said today the tyres had been punctured and slashed and could not be repaired.
Yarde has to pay $685.20 in two weeks or he will spend two months in prison.