A 40-year-old carpenter who claimed he felt threatened and bullied while travelling on the bus yesterday landed before the law court for the first time today.
Ras Kibwe Cazembe Ra of Glebe Land, St John pleaded guilty to assaulting Andre Carter on April 1, 2019 and having a knife, an offensive weapon, in his possession on the same date while on Welches Road, St Michael without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. Ra however entered a not guilty plea to issuing the threatening words “ I would cut your belly” towards Carter with intent to cause him to believe that immediate and unlawful violence would be used against him.
Both men were on a minibus, which was en route to Oistins when the driver stopped to let Ra out. According to Sergeant St Clair Phillips as the accused was exiting the vehicle he pushed Carter in the back and a confrontation ensued resulting in Ra pulling out a knife from his pocket, opening it and pointing it at the complainant. The matter was reported to police.
Ra who described himself as an industrious young man in giving his version of what occurred told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that he was trying to get off the vehicle but “this man would not move”. He further claimed that Carter had his hand on the rails and so he pushed through.
“I felt bullied, I felt threatened at the time . . . . I pull out the knife . . . . My girlfriend’s birthday is Sunday and she calling me several times telling me all kind of sweet things . . . I was just looking to go home,” said Ra who also revealed that he was vegan and the knife was to cut fruits such as watermelon to eat.
He was told that was not a valid excuse to walk with an offense weapon.
The first-time offender was then placed on a bond for six months. If breached he will have to pay the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court a $750 forthwith fine or spend a month in prison. No conviction will be recorded against him if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time.
The case in which he is accused of threatening Carter will continue on August 27, 2019. He is on $700 bail in the meantime.