Jamaica: Nephew denies breaking uncle’s arm, leg after being told to get a job

By Jamaica Observer

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(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – A man who reportedly kicked and punched his uncle repeatedly — breaking his arm and leg — after his uncle told him to find job, was yesterday offered $200,000 bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Adjay Williams, 24, of Tamarind Turn in Kingston, was offered bail by Parish Judge Maxine Ellis after he pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Williams was offered bail on condition that he report, twice weekly, at the police station closest to him and surrender his travel documents with a stop order in place. He is to return to court on October 8.

According to allegations, about 8:30 pm on August 12, the 38-year-old complainant was walking on Joshua Edwards Avenue when he saw a group of young men sitting on a parked van.

The complainant, while passing the group, reportedly felt a liquid substance being sprayed in his face. After wiping the liquid from his eyes, the complainant reportedly saw his nephew, who he called “Boobie”, laughing.

“Yuh tek mi fi fool? Yuh nah give me nothing?” Williams reportedly said to his uncle, who replied: “Go look a job.”

According to the complainant, he heard when one of the men said that the substance that Williams had sprayed on him was degreaser and the 38-year-old ran after his nephew.

However, the court heard that when his uncle caught up to him, Williams reportedly kicked him to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him.

The complainant, who suffered a broken arm and a leg, was hospitalised for two days.

The matter was reported and Williams was arrested 10 days later, and charged.

When cautioned, the accused reportedly said to the police: “A drunk him drunk and come up inna mi face and me kick him. Mi never know it was suh serious.”

But Williams, while admitting that he had hit his uncle, denied breaking his arm and leg before Judge Ellis.

According to Williams, his uncle, who he claimed was drunk, attacked him with two stones saying: “A kill mi fi kill yuh”, and he hit him.

“So you are saying you don’t know how his leg and arm were broken?” the judge asked.

“Mi clueless ’cause mi never hit him dis hard,” Williams said.

In the meantime, the uncle, who appeared in court with his broken arm still in sling, was visibly upset and had to be warned by the judge about his display of anger towards the complainant.

“I want you to breathe, and if you can’t manage I’ll give you a chair to sit. Upset is one [thing], but you have to be careful about this public display of anger.

“Come off the anger. If it is in the court, let the court deal with it; and if you can’t deal with your anger, we have the Victims Support Unit,” Judge Ellis told the complainant.

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