By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was granted $3,000 bail yesterday after pleading not guilty to attacking a woman with a handgun.
Sanchez Newbold, 22, of Pinewood Gardens stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt facing a single charge of assault with a deadly weapon allegedly committed on Saturday, January 2.
Newbold initially pleaded guilty to the crime but disagreed with the facts alleged by police prosecutor ASP Clifford Daxon concerning aspects of the argument that started over a DVD.
The accused said he did not pull a gun on the complainant, Shelisa Brice, nor did he instruct her to bend over so he could put a bullet in her. The accused also denied that he fired a bullet in her direction when she attempted to leave his house.
However, he did not deny punching her or hitting her with a pot during the argument.
The chief magistrate said that she could not accept his guilty plea due to the offence with which the police had charged him.
ASP Daxon had requested an adjournment of the proceedings until he could ascertain if the accused had any antecedents or pending matters before the court.
In the court’s afternoon session, the prosecutor did not object to bail which the chief magistrate granted in the amount of $3,000 with conditions that the accused report to the South Beach police station Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Newbold is scheduled to return to the Magistrate’s Court on February 8 to learn which magistrate will preside over his trial.
“A word to the wise young man, it ain’t no woman in the world worth it for you to lose your freedom,” the chief magistrate stressed, adding that, “a real man don’t touch a woman, that’s when you show yourself to be a punk.”
A conviction for assault carries a prison term of up to three years.
Newbold was not represented at yesterday’s arraignment.