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Fisherman shoots at man with speargun over $4,000
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man, who used a speargun to shoot at another man and damaged a dressing table during a quarrel over $4,000, will return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for sentencing on November 13.

Shugaray Wilson, a 31-year-old fisherman of Flankers in St James, pleaded guilty with explanation to assault at common-law and malicious destruction in court yesterday.

The allegations are that, on September 12, Wilson and the complainant Terrence Salmon had an argument when the defendant fired his speargun at the complainant. However, the speargun missed Salmon and struck his dressing table instead.

Wilson told the court that the incident occurred when he went to Salmon's house to collect $4,000 that the complainant owed him.

"I was coming from the sea, and he (Salmon) owed me $4,000, so I went to his house and asked for the money. An argument developed between us, and I threw down my fishing gear, and I hear that it damaged his dresser," he told Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small.

But the RM challenged Wilson's story, telling him the spearguns cannot be fired accidentally.

"Throwing is an act where an accident cannot come into it. You are lucky they're not charging you for attempted murder," she offered.

"There is no way that, in throwing down the gear, the spear would have discharged, so you are not speaking the truth. To take a fishing gun and discharge it in the direction of another human being is very serious."

"It was not intentional," Wilson persisted.

"Then what was it? What do you call intentional? It cannot be accidental," RM Wong-Small shot back.

Wilson had his bail extended until November 13, at which time a social-enquiry report is to be prepared to determine his sentence.

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