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December 5, 2013
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Ackee dispute leads to suspended sentence

An argument which developed between half-brothers over an ackee leaf that was littering in a yard where they lived, resulted in the accused being slapped with three months suspended sentence.

On Friday, when the matter was called up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court, Garfield Lee, who was charged for unlawful wounding, pleaded guilty.

The court was told that on the day in question, the complainant, who appears to be much older than the accused, was cooking in his kitchen when Lee attacked him.

"Your Honour, him push a stick through my window and buss mi mouth ... then him mash up mi right fingers with a stone ... because of the leaf and say a me a nasty up the yard," the complainant said.

nasty up the yard

Lee, in his defence, said, "Your Honour ... Yuh see everytime me clean the yard, this man nasty it up ... is five of us live in the yard and before that incident the yard never sweep for a week ... ."

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe-Reece asked, "So that is why you both have a dispute ... because of a leaf?"

Lee said, "A mi step breda and from mi come from country him nuh like me ... I never push it (stick) fi mek it hit him ... mi push it because mi want him fi leave me alone ... a one week di yard nuh sweep and as mi dweet, him go pick the ackee ..."

Resident Magistrate Wolfe-Reece warned both men to shape up.

Lee advised the court that he will be relocating because of the situation.

He was given three months suspended sentence for 12 months.

A fingerprint order was also made against Lee.

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