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June 10, 2014
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'Punching' Rastaman faces court
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A Rastafarian man who is accused of punching a man in the face had his bail extended when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm is Michael Phillips.

The court heard that on the day in question, the complainant, who was driving his motor vehicle along a thoroughfare, is believed to have hit Phillips just as he departed from a sidewalk. As a result, an infuriated Phillips allegedly grabbed the complainant through the window of the vehicle, punching him in the face causing it to bleed.

"I was stepping off a sidewalk and this man drive up him car and hit me ... so true him already hit me," Phillips said, explaining the reason for his actions.

Directing her attention to the complainant, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked: "How much stitches yu get?"

"Four stitches Your Honour" he replied.

"Is a serious punch! How yuh not in contender?" RM Pusey asked Phillips.

The gallery erupted in laughter upon hearing the question.

Subsequently, the accused was ordered to return to court on June 26 for trial.

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