A garbage collector accused of murdering his father, after reportedly punching him to the ground, was yesterday offered $250,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Ricardo Humphrey, who resides in Maxfield Avenue, in Kingston, was arrested last month following the death of Roell Humphrey, a 52-year-old mechanic of Petoria Road also in Kingston.
According to the police, on August 8, the elder Humphrey was at his home when a relative of his took up a cup of his rice. He reportedly demanded that the relative put back the rice and proceeded toward the relative.
However, it is alleged that Ricardo stepped in his father's path, slapped him in the face after Humphrey told him to get out of his way.
The accused then reportedly punched his father to the ground, causing him to burst his head.
The injured man was reportedly rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. However, he died two days later.
Ricardo was later arrested and charged with murder.
According to the preliminary post-mortem report, the elder Humphrey died from cranial cerebral injury caused by blunt force.
Ricardo's attorney, Yushaine Morgan, yesterday refuted the allegation during his bail application, stating that his client was innocent.
Morgan told Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey that his client did not punch his father and that both men shoved each other and the father fell.
Further to that, Morgan also told the court that the main witness in the case, who is his client's uncle, was on a witch hunt to destroy his client and that he was never at the scene nor was his young son, who is also witness in the matter.
Ricardo was subsequently offered bail on condition that he report to the Olympic Gardens Police Station each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He is to return to court on November 19.