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January 30, 2013
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Court tries to find out if ... 83-Y-O CHOPS MAN IN FACE - Complainant gets 13 stitches, accused remanded

Age was no deterrent for an 83-year-old man who pleaded guilty to chopping another man in his face with a machete resulting in him receiving 13 stitches.

Charged with unlawful wounding is Phillip Stewart of a St Mary address, who will be sentenced on February 27 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

He was ordered to compensate the complainant in the sum of $25,000 for his medical cost and other damages.

Stewart's attorney instructed the court that his client wounded the complainant on the day of the incident after the latter made a certain statement that led his client to provocation.

According to the prosecution, on the day of the incident, both men were near a high school where a game of dominoes was being played.

The defendant was participating in the game while the complainant looked on.

As he played, the accused was reportedly boasting about his prior brushes with the law involving him using his machete to wound victims, which all ended with him being acquitted. The defendant kept on bragging and attributed his fortune to God's greatness.

The complainant who disapproved of the defendant's flamboyance about his criminal past then made a statement that annoyed him.

The defendant then left the game and returned with a machete that he used to slap the complainant in the back to gain his attention. When the complainant turned around, he was then slashed in the face with the machete.

Defence counsel told the court that his client has only one previous conviction for an offence in the 1950s that emanated from a fight between him and his girlfriend.

He also told Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that his client has one dependent, a 50-year-old daughter.

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