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April 1, 2014
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Accused inmate charged for assaulting cellmate
An inmate had his stay in prison extended after he was accused of assaulting his cellmate when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawful wounding is Romone Rutty, an inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

According to reports, the complainant received stab wounds to his head and neck along with a broken jaw.

The accused told the court, however, that he did not stab the complainant, but punched him, after they were engaged in an argument, which escalated into a fight.

"We had an argument in the cell. Him tell another inmate that me thief $30 and spend it, suh mi punch him inna him mouth. Me then push him and him slip and fall on a chair and a suh him get hurt."

Rutty was sentenced to nine months in prison for the offence.

After Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey handed down Rutty's sentence, the complainant, who is currently in custody on murder charges, pleaded with the judge to drop the charges, stating that his life was in danger.

"I don't want to press any charges because my life is in danger and it will spread in the jail that I am an informer."

RM Pusey ordered that the complainant be removed from Horizon Adult Remand Centre to a different location.

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