Murder accused Applon Ithamar Ishmael Parris had a change of heart and owned up to a 2015 wounding charge even as he revealed plans to plead guilty in the High Court to an indictable matter.
In November 2015 the Taitt’s Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael resident appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Terry Richards. He was granted $8,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
“Yes I did it,” Parris said moments after Sergeant Edwin Pinder read the facts.
The prosecutor revealed that Richards was “mentally challenged” and frequents an area in Brittons Hill where he sleeps on a nightly basis.
On November 12, 2015 Parris approached Richards who was going through the garbage on Parris’ property. When he asked him to desist from searching the garbage Richards allegedly replied that he was “looking for some food to eat.”
Sergeant Pinder said Parris then armed himself with a piece of wood and repeatedly struck Richards about the body which resulted in wounds, one of which was a ten-centimeter laceration. The complainant was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and later discharged.
“Yes I did it . . . but he attacked me first . . . but I let my anger get the best of me. I was not aware he was mentally challenged at the time . . . I do apologize,” Parris said even as he asked to be placed in anger management.
He also told Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant: “I wish to plead guilty at the High Court” to the charge that he caused serious bodily harm to Antonio Coco Todd on February 15, 2017 with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him or to cause some serious bodily harm to him.
He had been on $10,000 bail for that indictable offence which the magistrate today transferred to the Continuous Criminal Assizes for sentencing.
Parris, who is currently on remand for murder – the stabbing death of 31-year-old police constable Shayne Welch on March 26 – will know his fate on November 12 when he returns before the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court.