A 27-year-old electrician, who endangered the life of a woman and her three-year-old baby, when he threw a beer bottle into a public vehicle, will spend the next 28-days at Dodds prison.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick remanded Rashidi Akins Smith, of Block 12A, Down Hill Drive, Eden Lodge, St Michael, after he explained that he had taken aim at the driver, not knowing that the woman and her baby were in the vehicle.
Smith pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Tanaka Grace on February 28, but denied damaging a motor van belonging to Amani Clarke without lawful excuse on the same day.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Theodore McClean, Grace was a passenger in ZM427 when she was struck in the back of her head with the bottle, thrown by Smith, as she held her daughter in her arms. Grace was taken to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she received three stitches. When Smith was arrested he told police that he did not see Grace in the van and as such was not aware that she had been injured.
Today in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court he told Frederick the same story, but also explained that he was involved in an ongoing feud with the driver.
Smith revealed that they had an altercation back in January, which resulted in a fight. They also had a subsequent encounter in which Smith was stabbed twice.
“I had to go to hospital and get crutches,” he said.
On the aforementioned day, Smith said he was on his way home when he saw his nemesis reversing his vehicle in his direction.
“ I jump out the way. I had a Deputy bottle in my hand and I say, ‘he trying to lick me down because he stab me already’. I did not know that she [Grace] was in there,” Smith told the court.
However, the magistrate told him that he was wrong on several levels.
“You could have killed an innocent woman. That could have been anybody because it was in public. Who is to say that she can function properly now and take care of a child? It’s an old score that you are trying to settle and you should have left the situation in the hands of the police as you said that he had already stabbed you,” Frederick advised.
The magistrate also said that what was aggravating about Smith’s action was the fact that Grace had “ a baby in arms . . . and out of the clear blue sky you endanger their lives”.
Smith replied saying, “I did it because he stabbed me”.
The magistrate then ordered a presentencing report into Smith’s life before remanding him to Dodds until March 29.
“This is the consequence of your action which you must have calculated,” the magistrate said.