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August 21, 2014
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Man ordered to pay $200,000 for car repair

A man who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court for allegedly assaulting his female co-accused was told to return in September with $200,000 to repair her car.

Kemar James and Shantal Dowdie are charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court heard that James borrowed Dowdie's vehicle and went to Half Way-Tree in St Andrew one night.

Dowdie, who was in a relationship with James, telephoned him the next morning regarding her motor vehicle, but was told that he was in St Elizabeth and that the car was left on the side of the road.

According to her, the vehicle was left on the side of the road for a week, and to effect repairs, she spent more than $50,000 after he refused to fix it.

The matter of a phone bill that racked up a little more than $31,000, which James refused to pay, was also brought to the attention of Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

The RM asked Dowdie how much money she needed, and she responded "150,000". The magistrate then asked James, "When are you bringing $200,000. W-H-E-N am I getting the money?"

She then told him, "I want my money on September 19." He is to return to court with the money then.

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