A property dispute, that reportedly led to one man inflicting knife wounds on another and the injured man assaulting the mother of his attacker, has been moved out of court and referred for mediation.
The two men - Aldaine Reynolds and Anthony Pottinger, appeared in the St James Parish Court on Wednesday before Parish Judge Sasha-Marie Smith-Ashley.
Reynolds is facing a charge of unlawful wounding committed against Pottinger, while Pottinger faces a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm committed against Reynolds' mother.
In the case against Reynolds, it is alleged that about 12:20 pm on December 7, 2022 he got into an argument with Pottinger over multiple issues concerning their properties.
The argument turned physical and Reynolds allegedly stabbed Pottinger in the right shoulder, right ear, and head.
The court was also told that two days later, Pottinger and Reynolds’ mother clashed over a manhole.
During that dispute, Pottinger allegedly threw a stone which hit the woman breaking her left middle finger.
When the matter was called up in court on Wednesday, the clerk-of-court reminded the judge that the matter was referred for mediation on their prior court appearance.
But Pottinger told the court that they had gone to a restorative justice session but that there was nothing to work out because he was not guilty of the allegations made against him.
“I did not do what I have been accused of,” argued Pottinger.
The parties were then instructed to return for another mediation session because the restorative justice process was still ongoing. The judge also urged Reynolds, Pottinger and the woman to maintain a spirit of forgiveness.
The matter was subsequently set for mention on May 4. Their bail was extended.