A Chapmans man was on Monday convicted of four offences from two separate sets of charges, including one for attacking a man who she saw talking to his (the defendant’s) girlfriend.
Roddy “Ball Head” Adams was fined EC$400 to be paid in one month or four months in prison for wounding his one time friend by striking him on the foot with a pedal cycle because the man spoke to Adams’ girlfriend.
Adams told Magistrate Bertie Pompey at Georgetown Magistrate’s Court that he, his girlfriend and the virtual complainant, Stephen Young, had previously sought advice and counselling from a pastor who had “settled everything”.
Adams said they decided that Young would not correspond with his (Adams’) girlfriend.
However, on April 30, 2022, at about 10:05 a.m., he saw his girlfriend speaking with the virtual complainant.
“I pushed my bike towards him,” Adams’ told the court.
He said Young then got off his tricycle “and we start to wrestle.
“Then I took up a stone and strike him with it.”
During cross examination by prosecutor Corporal Delando Charles, Adams told the court he was not annoyed or angry when he saw the plaintiff and his girlfriend in conversation.
The prosecutor told the defendant to make better use of his time.
“Love does make us do some terrible things. Things we does regret,” Charles said, adding, “Love and money will go but you will never get back time.”
In his evidence, Young told the court that on April 30, 2022, about 10:05 a.m., he had just left his girlfriend’s and was on his way to Dickson when he met Adams’ girlfriend and they were having a conversation.
He said about five minutes later, the defendant attacked him, striking him twice with a bike then pulled his dreadlocks and began kicking him in the back of his head.
Young said Adams ran then stopped about 15 feet away and pelted a stone, striking him on the left elbow.
He told the court that his legs were “black and blue” and his left elbow was “punctured” as a result of the attack.
The fracas resulted in Adams’ first criminal conviction as Pompey found him guilty of wounding.
Guilty of criminal assault, possession of offensive weapon, using threatening language
Meanwhile, later on Monday, Adams was found guilty of three other charges relating to his cousin, Burt Williams.
The convictions arose from an incident at Langley Park, on Feb. 25, about 9:40 p.m.
After hearing the evidence in the matter, Pompey convicted Adams of charges of criminal assault, possession of an offensive weapon and making use of threatening language.
Williams testified that on Feb. 25 he was on an errand and used the Langley Park School Road as a shortcut.
He said vehicles and people were on both sides of the road as there was a function nearby.
Williams said he stopped his vehicle and another car that was coming in the opposite direction also stopped.
He said Adams’ brother, “Danny” who was driving the other vehicle, exited it and told him, “Boy, what the f**k does wrong wid alyo, boy?”
Williams said Adams, who was in the back of the car that Danny was driving, said to him, “Boy, way de f**k does wrong wid you b****r man m****r c**t? Tek the car out the road nah!”
Williams said he responded, “Wait, ah you ah e driver nah?”
Williams said he was examining his car when the defendant stood over him, pushed a hand in his (Adams’) bag, took out a knife, swiped it at his (Williams’) abdomen and said, “I have to kill f***ing you.”
Williams said he felt threatened and frightened and he reported the matter to the police.
PC1014 Samuel, told the court that he conducted an investigation, during which the defendant handed over the grey and green switchblade used in the incident.
In his defence, Adams told the court that he and his brother were signalling Williams to reverse because more traffic was behind them.
Adams said he came out of the vehicle and asked Williams, “How he ignorant so.”
He said he had the knife in his lap and a bag containing clothes on the floor of the car.
He said Williams may have seen the shiny reflection of the knife but he didn’t swipe the knife at the defendant.
However, during cross examination by prosecutor Charles, Adams admitted to taking the knife from the vehicle.
Pompey found Adams guilty of all charges.
For use of threatening language, Pompey bonded the defendant for one year in the sum of EC$1,200 or two months imprisonment.
For criminal assault, the defendant was ordered to pay EC$400 in one month or four months in prison and on the offensive weapon charge, he was fined EC$500 to be paid in one month or two months imprisonment.
The sentences are to run concurrently.