By FARRAH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN who injured another man in the face during an argument was fined $750 and ordered to compensate the victim for his injuries.
Police arrested Allen Morrison after he harmed Wilfred Woods on November 1.
He pleaded guilty to one count of causing harm in a hearing before Assistant Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain yesterday.
The court heard that on the day in question, Mr Woods was walking along St Margaret Road when he was attacked by Morrison.
The prosecution said when the accused approached the complainant, the two got into an argument. Morrison then picked up an object with which he hit Mr Woods in the face.
This wounded Mr Woods’ left eye and ear for which he had to seek hospital treatment.
As a result of his injuries, the complainant requested police action. Morrison was arrested a short time later and charged with the offence.
When given an opportunity to speak during the hearing, Morrison told the magistrate he didn’t mean to hurt the complainant and was “very sorry” for his actions.
He also said he wanted to apologise to Mr Woods and his family and was willing to pay his hospital bills.
As a result, after accepting his guilty plea, Magistrate Swain fined the accused $750 or six months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. She further ordered Morrison to pay the complainant $700 to compensate for his injuries. She warned him if he didn’t, he could risk spending an additional 30 days on remand.
Yesterday, Dwayne Harris, 24, also appeared before Magistrate Swain after he was accused of assaulting a woman on October 26.
He disagreed with the facts in the prosecution’s case and as a result, Magistrate Swain recorded a not guilty plea for the accused and adjourned the matter to January 19, 2021 for trial.
In the meantime, Hanna was granted $2,000 bail.