Shawn Fernando Walcott, of Warner’s Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, is resting easy tonight after he was found not guilty of inflicting serious bodily harm on Kirk Austin on November 20, 2014.
However, his co-accused Mitchell David Curtis Roach, of Brittons New Road, St Michael, was not so lucky.
Today, Roach was not only found guilty of committing the crime, but also of damaging Austin’s spectacles on the same day.
Walcott and Austin were reportedly involved in an accident at St Paul’s Avenue, The City. However, Roach was apparently the one who hit the complainant with a piece of wood in the melee that ensued following the accident.
Testifying before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today, Walcott maintained his innocence of the charges.
“Your honour I have been charged for something I didn’t do and it is really, really unfair. I never hit anyone or anything so,” Walcott said, explaining that he was only trying to break up the fight between the parties on the scene.
However, Roach admitted to confronting Austin after the accident and to telling him that he had put his life in jeopardy.
He also gave a demonstration of his behaviour on the day, with expletives and all.
In response, Frederick told Roach: “You were the fire starter. You poured gasoline on an already tense situation . . . .You are in a controlled area and you are coming across as aggressive . . . so one can only imagine how you behaved on the day.
“I find you guilty, but Walcott, based on the evidence, is found not guilty because he was only trying to diffuse the situation,” the magistrate said in his ruling before adjourning the sentencing phase of the case until October 8.