Stabbing in years-long dispute lands man in court

April 17, 2018

A St James man who reportedly stabbed another man in 2017 as part of a long-standing dispute was remanded in police custody when he appeared in the St James Parish Court recently.

Christopher Downer of Rose Heights in the parish is charged with unlawful wounding.

The allegations are that on March 27, 2017, Downer and the complainant were involved in an altercation in which Downer stabbed the other man, requiring him to seek medical attention.

It is further alleged that the following month, Downer went to the complainant's home and threatened him. At that time, the police were summoned, and Downer was taken into custody and charged.

In court, the complainant told presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small that Downer had repeatedly come to his home to threaten his family.

"He continuously comes to my gate and threatens my mother and sister. I did not trouble this man, and he just came out and stabbed me," the complainant told the court.

However, Downer said that their recent conflict came on the heels of an earlier dispute that was brought to court in 2016.

"It came to court already, two years now, and they did not come to court," Downer complained.

The court was also told that the complainant's medical certificate was outstanding from the case file.

Downer was subsequently remanded in custody until April 18 and was ordered to submit his fingerprints to the police.

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