Youth on Probation after Wounding Charge

Youth on ProbationAntigua St. John's - A Bendals youth was placed on two years' probation after being found guilty of wounding.

On April 4, 2011, the then 17 year old used a cutlass to chop a fellow villager on his right shoulder.
After committing the offence, the defendant offered to compensate the victim monetarily. That offer was refused, and the matter was reported to the police, and the youth was arrested and charged.

The matter was heard before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel. After the court heard the testimonies of several witnesses, the defendant was found guilty.
One of the witnesses, K'wanzy Bird, said he saw a scuffle between the victim and the defendant, who was holding a cutlass in his hand.

Bird said he noticed a chop on the victim's shoulder, and asked the defendant why he had done it.
At that point, the accused apologized and offered to pay both Bird and the victim.
Attorney Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin, who appeared on the defendant's behalf, told the court that a village issue led to the incident.
Benjamin also advised the court that his client now lives in Jennings, and is working at a supermarket.
The 20-year-old man has been placed on two years' probation for the offence. If he commits any other crime during his probationary period, he would be brought back before the court to be sentenced for this offence.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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