A nine-member jury today began hearing evidence in a wounding case against a St Lucy man.
Shakiel Akeem Connell, otherwise known as Shaq, of Fryers Well, Checker Hall, is charged with causing serious bodily harm to Pedro Benn on October 19, 2013, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him. He is also accused of inflicting serious bodily harm on Benn on the same day.
Under questioning from Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney, the alleged victim testified that he was at a karaoke session at Half Moon Fort, St Lucy that evening and was walking through the crowd, to claim a dance from a woman, after getting a standing ovation for his performance, when he accidentally “butt shoulders” with a man.
When the man reacted he responded by saying “everything cool” and was in the process of turning when he felt “a cuff swing from behind me”. When he turned around again, he saw Shaq who he knew from being in Speightstown and they “tangled”.
Benn said they were separated, but another man, who he identified as Rasta, also hit him with a bottle in the face.
He subsequently went home but was later taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by a cousin where he was told that he had suffered a broken jaw.
Benn maintained that he had no difficulties with Shaq prior to the incident.
However, the accused man, who was 19-years-old at time of the incident, asked Benn how he was sure that he was the one who hit him in the face.
“You were the person that make the swing that connect,” Benn replied.
Dr Shantel Young-Boyce, an emergency medical practitioner, was the one who examined Benn at the QEH’s Accident & Emergency Department five years ago.
She said Benn had a swollen face and what looked like a deformity to the left jaw, which was as a result of severe force to the face. The broken jaw, she said, had hindered his ability to feed himself and had caused severe pain. He was referred to another specialist who subsequently performed surgery.
The case, which is before Madam Justice Pamela Beckles, continues tomorrow in the No. 5 Supreme Court.