A St Michael man claims he was beaten by two men following a two-car accident on November 20, 2014.
Complainant Kirk Anthony Austin testified in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court, in the case brought against accused Mitchell David Curtis Roach, of Brittons New Road, St Michael and Shawn Fernando Walcott, of Warner’s Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael.
Austin told Magistrate Douglas Frederick he was driving an open back truck when it was involved in an accident at St Paul’s Avenue with a motorcar driven by Walcott.
“I asked the accused how he could be coming round the corner with that speed especially how the rain falling,” Austin explained.
He said he then took out his cellular phone to take pictures of the collision when Walcott started “hurling remarks and threats” before “I received cuffs, kicks to my head and the rest of my body”.
However, the complainant said “I can’t recall who was cuffing and kicking me at the time because there were other occupants in the vehicle”.
He further explained under questioning from Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds that he was able to stand and move a short distance from the area after his cousin shouted to the guys to leave him alone.
“But I was struck with a long piece of board. The person pursued me and the hit happened on the hard court,” said Austin, who identified Walcott as the perpetrator.
He also said at one point he was able to hold the accused in a headlock, “but as soon as I did that the others came”.
Roach, he recalled, was the last person to pursue him from the hard court.
“I was afraid and furious at the time,” the complainant testified under oath, adding, “I
had a puncher to my right hand, a lot of soft tissue damage to my mid section. My glasses where also broken and my cell phone was missing”.
Under cross-examination Walcott told Austin that he was not involved in the fight.
“Did you see me hit you?” Walcott asked Austin who replied: “Yes”.
Roach meanwhile refused to cross-examine Austin whose cousin Kemar was a passenger in the truck and corroborated his story. However, Kemar said he did not observe when his cousin was hit with the wood.
The case continues before Magistrate Frederick on August 30.