A young woman who appeared to be still seething from an attack which left her without two teeth, surprised the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's last week when she said that the accused kicked out her teeth because he was envious of her beauty and physique.
"Dem bad-mind me ova me looks and me shape," the angry complainant blurted as the accused, Oshaine Williams, stood explaining his account of the incident.
But her comment did not go unnoticed by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, who, in reprimanding her for not properly addressing the court, told her: "I am not interested in your looks and shape, and I don't envy you for it, but please speak to me with respect."
Williams, however, denied that he had attacked her, claiming that another man had punched her in the mouth.
According to Williams, she was the one who had approached him, calling him "dutty bwoy" and pulling out a bottle of acid to throw on him, causing him to run.
"A bare lie she tell, an' nutten nuh go suh," he said.
But the complainant insisted that Williams kicked her down after he and three other men attacked her.
"Him kick me inna me belly and me knock out, and when me revive me find miself inna hospital, and when me go look inna de glass me see him footprint inna me face and me see me teeth dem gone," she said.
Pusey then scheduled the matter for mention on December 6.
Williams, who pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, had his bail extended.
Man gets 3 months for robbing student's lunch money
A man who robbed a child of his $500 lunch money was sentenced to three months in prison when he appeared in court last week.
The Kingston resident, Denhard Thomas, was sentenced by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey after he pleaded guilty to simple larceny.
Although Thomas pleaded guilty, he told the court that he did not rob the complainant, but instead found the money.
"I did not rob him, I found the money and him ask me for it in a disrespectful manner and a tell me bout mi mada, and I tell him no," he said.
But the student told the court that Thomas took the money directly from his pocket.
The student said he was on his way to school when Thomas, who had been walking behind him, came up to him and took away his school bag and said: "If me see anything inna you bag whey me like me a go tek it."
The student said Thomas never saw anything that he liked and gave him back the bag, but then decided to rob him of his money.
The student said he asked Thomas to return the money and he refused, after which he went to a police station and reported the matter.
"Mek me tell you something: children and old people, I have to protect then," Pusey said to Thomas before handing down the sentence.
"Leave de pickney dem with dem lunch money," she then told him after the sentence was passed.
Man freed of robbery with aggravation
A man, who was accused of holding up a teenager with a knife and robbing him of $400, got off the charge after he reimbursed the teen's money and bus fare.
Wellington Hibbert, 31, of a Mavis Bank address in St Andrew, appeared before the court on a charge of robbery with aggravation.
He, however, pleaded not guilty, insisting that he had not robbed the 14-year-old boy.
"Your honour, an argument build up and we cuss and him go tell him mother that mi hold knife a him throat..." Hibbert explained.
The mother of the complainant said that on the night before the matter was mentioned in court, her son begged her not to pursue the matter any further.
Pusey then asked the complainant if what was said was true and he said yes.
Hibbert was then ordered by the magistrate to return the $400 to the boy and to pay his and his mother's bus fare for them to return home to Mavis Bank.
But Hibbert was not keen on complying, stating: "Your honour, a mi family dem enuh... mi always give him cane and dem ting deh."
"It doesn't matter," Pusey responded.
Hibbert then took out $1,500 and was let off with a stern warning from the magistrate.
Truck driver buys $600,000 worth of gas with boss's Advance card
A truck operator who reportedly used his employer's Advance card to buy more than half-a-million dollars worth of gas for himself and his friends was offered bail in the sum of $150,000.
It is alleged that between May and October this year, 44-year-old Wayne Bryan of a Spanish Town address in St Catherine, fraudulently used the Advance fuel card to purchase gas for himself and other associates at various service stations across the Corporate Area, racking up a bill of $600,000.
The alleged fraud was discovered after his employer noticed irregularities and launched an investigation. Bryan was subsequently arrested and charged.
But on Friday, Bryan pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was offered bail by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.
He is to return to court for trial on December 12.
Fisherman in huge ganja bust gets bail after stroke
A Kingston fisherman, who was one of six men implicated in the seizure of 2,800 pounds of ganja in the Eastern Caribbean, was last week offered $500,000 bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, after he suffered a stroke while in custody.
Robert Lindsay, 40, of Nannyville in Kingston, was offered bail on humanitarian grounds by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, following a bail application by his attorney, Earl Delisser.
Delisser, who on previous occasions had pleaded with the magistrate to grant his client bail because he suffers from diabetes, told the court last week that his client had suffered a massive stroke and was currently in custody vomiting.
As a result, Lindsay, who was not present in court, was granted bail. In addition, an order was also made for him to be taken immediately to see a doctor.
Meanwhile, Lindsay's co-accused, Stephen Watt, of Mountainside, St Elizabeth; Owen Dunkley, 46, otherwise known as 'Egg Head', of Black River, St Elizabeth; Anthony Williams, 56, otherwise called 'Lara', of Lacovia, St Elizabeth; and Bernard Knight, 49, otherwise known as 'Powder', of Parottee District, St Elizabeth were remanded into custody.
The other accused, 44-year-old businessman Byron Forrest, who is said to be the owner of the vessel in which the men were caught, had his bail extended after the court was told that the case file was incomplete. The matter was then scheduled for mention on November 15.
The six were taken into custody and charged following an August 31 raid on a vessel in which the illegal drug was allegedly found in waters near the boat. It is reported that the men were seen throwing the drug overboard.
The ganja was found during a joint operation involving members of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division and officials from the United States Coast Guard and the British Navy.
Five Jamaican fishermen and two Guyanese men were reportedly aboard the vessel when it was intercepted by the police. It is alleged that cash amounting to over US$2,000 was among the items seized. Forrest was later arrested and charged, along with others, with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, exporting ganja, conspiracy to export ganja and trafficking ganja.