Woman beaten with hammer
The bail application for a Corporate Area man accused of beating a female with a hammer failed to get under way in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday, after it was revealed by prosecutors that the case file could not be located.
The revelation stunned Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks, as it was further disclosed that the matter had been before the courts as recently as September 2, when it was first mentioned.
"A matter just came here September 2 and the file cannot be found. The file must be located, it cannot be lost," the chief judge instructed the court staff.
The accused was brought before the court for bail application for a matter of unlawful wounding. However, a new matter of assault occasioning bodily harm was mentioned.
In the new matter, he is charged along with another man. Both pleaded not guilty.
The allegations in the new matter are that on August 20 about 1 a.m., the complainant was sitting on the sidewalk when the two accused and another man walked up to her.
It was alleged that the alleged 'hammer man' stuck her in her eye and she then pushed him in the face. The unidentified man is said to have slapped her across the face, and 'Mr Hammer' then kicked away her feet causing her to fall.
The other accused then proceeded to kick the complainant in her face and all three men started to punch and kick her all over her body, resulting in a cut to her left eye and elbow as well as bruising and swelling all over her body.
Prosecutors submitted to Crooks that they were strongly opposed to bail as the hammer man is feared by residents of the Kingston Western community. However, his attorney, Patrie Riley, brushed aside that claim.
"Your Honour, my instructions are that he was an integral part of a peace deal that was brokered with a neighbouring community," Riley told the court.
The matter was adjourned until October 13, for the case file to be located. The alleged hammer man was denied bail and both men were made subjects of a fingerprint order.