For striking his brother with a piece of wood over his head, Hugh Devere Greenidge will have to keep the peace for the next year.
He was handed the sentence by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant yesterday in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
The 64-year-old, of 8th Avenue, Hart’s Gap, Christ Church, had previously pleaded not guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Barrington Dottin on January 28, 2018, but changed his plea when he reappeared in court.
After hearing that the fight between the two siblings stemmed from a piece of property, the magistrate told them it made no sense.
“This story is not new, . . . family members fighting over a house. That is what this is about . . . . Both of you will die and leave the house,” she told them.
Dottin told the magistrate his brother had viciously attacked him for no reason inside the home they shared. He said he had suffered lacerations to his head and forehead as a result.
“You won’t be getting any compensation for your injuries, so I hope that’s not what you came here looking for,” Cuffy-Sargeant said.
The accused in giving his side of the story told the court his brother did not want him to reside at the family house.
He said the complainant had grabbed his locks and refused to let go, despite repeated calls for him to release them.
Greenidge said after he refused to release him, he took up the wood and struck him.
After hearing both sides of the story, she placed Greenidge on the 12-month bond. If he breaches it he will have to pay $1,500 forthwith or he will spend two months in prison.
The accused, who was on $2000 bail, was also ordered to move out of the home and reside with his aunt.