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December 28, 2013
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Man accused of machete attack offered bail

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man accused of chopping another man on the hand with a machete was offered bail when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday

Thirty-four-year-old Edward Hilton, of a Flanker address in Montego Bay, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm committed against André Atkinson, although the allegations were not outlined. He was offered bail in the sum of $80,000 and had his case set for mention on January 30.

"Have you ever been convicted for anything like this?" Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines asked Hilton.

"No, your honour. I am 100 per cent innocent. I didn't wound anyone. He (Atkinson) is the one who wounded me," said Hilton.

"The point is, you are brought before the court and we have to ensure that you will come back here," Hart-Hines remarked.

The prosecution told the court that Atkinson's medical certificate was outstanding from its case-file.

"I will offer you bail in the sum of $80,000 with three sureties, and you will report at the Coral Gardens Police Station every Monday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.," Hart-Hines told Hilton as she set his case for mention on January 30.

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