So upset was Jason Errol Chapman about a man cutting the cord to his kite, that he struck the man’s vehicle, damaging it in the process.
His actions will cost him just over $2 700 – the amount he has to pay in compensation to avoid going to jail.
When he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court on Monday, the 38-year-old resident of Block 7A, Neptune Road, Deacons Farm, St Michael, pleaded guilty to damaging a motor van belonging to John Paul Jones on January 7, 2023, without lawful excuse.
In giving the facts, prosecutor Constable Ralph Rollock said the two men have a history of conflict.
He said on the mentioned date, Jones and another man went to Brandons Beach, St Michael to look for a kite that had been generating noise. They eventually found it and cut its cord.
Chapman, the owner of the kite, saw when Jones severed the cord. In retaliation, he struck the vehicle which Jones was driving with an object that was in his hand. After realising the van had been hit, Jones got out and saw Chapman throw a rock that struck the vehicle.
When asked in court whether he had anything to say, Chapman told Magistrate Alison Burke that he and Jones had been feuding since 2019.
He then asked the court to “show him some leniency.”
“I try to keep myself out of trouble and be a productive citizen in society, even if it doesn’t always work out that way. Even if I have to pay a lil compensation I wouldå pay him back,” Chapman added.
Jones, who was also present, told the court the cost to have the vehicle repaired had been estimated by Nassco to be $2 555.64. Additionally, he said, he had to pay $176.25 to have the estimate done.
Magistrate Burke then ordered Chapman to repay $2 731.89 in compensation to Jones.
He initially asked for nine months to pay it but the Magistrate told him he would be given only four months to do so.
If he does not pay on or before May 9, 2023, Chapman will spend one month in prison.