Trial date set for vendor who allegedly almost severed man’s ear

ST JAMES, Jamaica— The St James Parish Court decided on Thursday to set a trial date for jerk chicken vendor David Gordon, who allegedly almost severed the ear of another vendor during an argument.

The matter was previously delayed due to an outstanding medical certificate.

Gordon appeared in the St James Parish Court to face a charge of unlawful wounding, which was reduced from wounding with intent.

The matter was previously sent to restorative justice but it was not successful because Gordon objected to the proposed sum he was being asked to pay.

When the case came before presiding parish judge Sasha-Marie Smith-Ashley on April 4, attorney Chumu Paris requested the medical certificate to properly advise his client, but on Thursday, the court was told that the certificate was still not available.

“It doesn’t seem as if there will be any settlement in this matter...we can’t be wasting time like this,” the judge said, before setting the matter for trial on June 21. Gordon's bail was extended.

The exact date of the incident was not provided, but it is alleged that both parties were jerking chicken on a section of Jimmy Cliff Boulevard when a dispute developed.

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