Andre Christopher Matthew Felix was charged with maliciously wounding Matthew Norville four years ago and one of the persons who witnessed the incident said it was as a result of accusations over a stolen cellular phone.
That was the evidence given by George Headley when the case against the 34-year-old Felix, of Clarkes Road, Belmont Road, St Michael continued before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.
Under questioning by Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court this afternoon, Headley said he was sitting on a stone about 5:10 p.m. on August 1, 2014, watching some men gambling under a tree when they began talking about a cellular phone which was allegedly stolen the day before.
“He was saying that Andre Felix had stolen this phone,” Headley recalled, adding that the accused approached the gambling table some five minutes later.
“As he [Felix] was approaching, Matthew Norville tell him ‘bring back the phone that you steal’ and Andre Felix said ‘I steal the f****** phone from your mother’. Then Matthew Norville bound out of the chair and slap Felix in the face and Felix retaliate by punching him and the two were punching each other,” Headley told the magistrate.
He explained that the fight then turned to stone-throwing but no one was struck.
“Then I realized that blood was flowing from Matthew Norville’s neck but I didn’t see with which object [it happened],” he added. The men he said then left the area and went home after the fight was stopped.
Paul Anderson Woodall also witnessed the incident and gave evidence today. However, he said he was across the road sitting on a reel when he heard the words “yuh mudda” and the fight began.
But unlike Headley, Woodall said he saw Felix pull out a small shinning object and made a stabbing motion at Matthew.
“I said you all should stop that foolishness . . . Felix then stopped and walked in the direction where he lives. Matthew was lying on his back and I went and touch him and told him he bleeding . . . and should go to the hospital,” Woodall recalled.
He said Norville also went home. But returned a few moments later holding a cloth to his neck but “I don’t know if he went [to the hospital] . . . I don’t know what became of the weapon”.
The prosecutor then asked for an adjournment after Felix said he did not wish to cross-examine the witnesses.
The trial resumes on November 9 when the investigating officer will give evidence.