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August 9, 2014
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Infant injured during fight between parents

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of injuring an infant during a brawl with his babymother, had his bail extended when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and cruelty to a child is Kanda McKenzie who pleaded not guilty to both offences.

The Crown alleged that on the day of the incident, McKenzie and his babymother are believed to have had a disagreement when things turned physical. It is believed that a struggle ensued, resulting in McKenzie throwing her on a bed and later sitting on her stomach causing her to suffer injuries. It is also alleged that during the melee, the accused man bit the arm of his estranged lover.

The court heard that in the middle of the fracas, a two-month-old baby, who is McKenzie's child, was being held by his babymother, when the newborn fell to the ground suffering injuries.

"Are you an abuser of some narcotics sir?" asked Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgiana Fraser, seemingly horrified by the allegations against the accused.

"No, cigarette sometimes," McKenzie replied.

Subsequently, the accused man had his bail extended until September 22 when he is to reappear in court. A fingerprint order was also made.

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