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February 6, 2013
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Uncle on assault rap gets new court date

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man accused of assaulting his niece during a dispute over their family's house, returns to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on March 22.

Everton Sutherland, from Maroon Town is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm against Julian Brown. It is alleged that on January 13 Sutherland pushed the complainant during a quarrel, causing her to fall and injure her back.

In court Friday, Brown told Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small that the quarrel started when she was tidying a section of the house, where she has been staying with permission from her aunt.

"Whose house is it?" asked RM Wong-Small.

"The house belongs to my grandmother, and my aunt gave me permission to stay there," replied Brown.

dispute

But Sutherland disputed Brown's version of the incident.

"That is a big lie, I was in Reading district working, and when I came home I saw the door to my house broken off. I don't know anything about that," said the accused man.

"Do you have a problem with her (Brown) being in the house?" asked RM Wong-Small.

"No, your honour," replied Sutherland.

"Then why would she make up a story like that?" the magistrate persisted.

"Corruption," answered Sutherland.

"The only corruption is what is coming out of your mouth," RM Wong-Small said tartly.

Meanwhile, the prosecution said that its case file is not ready as the medical certificate is still outstanding. The matter was eventually set for mention.

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