The sentencing phase of a wounding case against a St Michael man will continue in the No.5 Supreme Court on January 16, 2019.
This after Madam Justice Pamela Beckles ordered a pre-sentencing report into the life of Fabian Nathaniel Bourne of Brown’s Land, Black Rock, after he pleaded guilty today to unlawfully wounding Corey Francis with intent to do him serious bodily harm or to maim, disfigure or disable him on September 13, 2012.
Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney in reading the facts revealed that Francis was playing a game of dominoes near a shop at Alkins Land, Black Rock with his friends on either September 9 or 10 when Bourne approached selling fish.
Francis informed him that no one was interested in getting the fish, as it was too expensive which enraged him and resulted in him spewing expletives at Francis.
Three days later – on September 13 – the men were again at a game of dominoes at the same spot when Francis looked up and saw Bourne coming towards the group on a bicycle. He threw the bike on the ground and stood about ten feet away, held out a gun and fired in Francis’ direction causing him to flee. Francis was later transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment after he realized that he had been injured in the back.
Bourne, who was 23 years old at the time of the offence, was later taken into police custody and informed of the report made Francis.
“Yes I shoot he because he beat me and unfair me a couple of days before,” Bourne told lawmen when questioned.
He further stated: “I pelt it [the gun] in de sea down by the Flour Mill. I get it [the gun] from a man name Eric house when I used to live wid he . . . but he dead now.”
Bourne also gave police a statement detailing what took place on that day six years ago.
He detailed some of the facts given by the prosecutor but added that on a night in 2012 Francis who he referred to as “sister” pushed him out the shop after telling him that the fish was too expensive. They then had an exchange of words.
“I put my hand in my bag to get money to buy a drink and sister run round de shop and come back wid a piece of wood and hit me on my back,” Delaney read. The accused statement revealed that as a result one of the bags of fish burst and his catch fell to the ground.
Bourne said he rode home after and contemplated whether to make a report to police or handle the situation himself.
“I tell myself ‘do he something’. So I went in Eric bedroom and tek up he 22 gun and wrap it in a scarf and had it in my right hand,” the statement read. Bourne went on to detail that he rode back to the bar where the men were still playing dominoes.
“De men start running [and] sister run down de side of de shop. I walk de side sister was running, see he . . . point de gun at he and pull de trigger and a shot fire off.
“I tek up my bicycle, went home, change my clothes, ride down by my mother, went down by the Flour Mill and pelt the gun in the sea,” the statement read.