Jeviere Aaron James has been ordered to stay away from his former supervisor after beating him with a mop stick for owed wages.
The 20-year-old from Rock Dundo, St James pleaded guilty to assaulting Fabian Pile on November 1, 2023, occasioning actual bodily harm, when he made an appearance before Magistrate Alison Burke in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court.
The court prosecutor outlined that James had been employed at a school canteen managed by Pile and on the mentioned date, he showed up and began accosting the supervisor about monies owed. James took up a mop stick and hit the complainant with it several times. Another man accompanying James also hit him. Canteen workers then locked Pile in the kitchen, and James and the other man left.
The matter was reported to the police and James turned himself in and admitted to the offence. The first-time offender told the police that the complainant owed him $1 140 and had been giving him the run-around for three weeks. He said Pile turned aggressive towards him, which caused him to feel embarrassed and “to react without thinking”.
Magistrate Burke granted James $3 000 bail. He returns to court on March 20, 2024, when a pre-sentence report is expected to be ready.