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Accused held for unlawful wounding offered bail
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man, who admitted to cutting another man's throat and stabbing him in the shoulder, was offered bail when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Paul Green, from Farm Heights in Montego Bay, pleaded guilty with explanation to unlawfully wounding Fabian Jones. He was offered bail in the sum of $80,000 and his case was set for mention on January 30.

The court was told that sometime in early December, Green and Jones were involved in an altercation on Barnett Street, in Montego Bay. During the fracas, Green used a knife to stab Jones in the shoulder and cut his throat.

But in giving his explanation, Green told presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that he had acted in self-defence.

shot with catapult

"I was going home, pushing my handcart, and this guy (Jones) shot me on my finger with a catapult. I reported it the night it happened," said Green.

"Have you ever been to court for anything like this?" asked RM Hart-Hines.

"Yes, I had been attacked like this before, and I pleaded guilty with explanation and the judge made me pay $10,000," said Green.

"This is a very serious offence, he (Jones) lost a lot of blood, and it was more than one attack," RM Hart-Hines said sternly.

The court was also told that the complainant's medical certificate and the arresting officer's statement were outstanding from the prosecution's case-file.

"I am going to put this off till the end of January, and you are offered bail in the sum of $80,000 with one surety," RM Hart-Hines told Green. "You will report to the Mount Salem Police Station every Monday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are not to interfere with the complainant," the Magistrate added.

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