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Man on hand-chopping charge has bail extended to January 2015

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


A St James man, who reportedly severed another man's hand during a quarrel over rum, in 2011, had his bail extended to January 13, 2015, when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Oneil Pinnock of a Maroon Town address, is charged with felonious wounding committed against Omar Campbell.

It is alleged that on August 15, 2011, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Pinnock and Campbell got into an argument over rum. Pinnock used a machete to chop the complainant on his left hand, severing it.

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The injured man was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital by residents, where he was admitted and later transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies for surgery. Pinnock was subsequently arrested and charged.

On Monday, clerk of the court, Paula-Sue Ferguson, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that the complainant Campbell, had not attended mediation sessions that had been put forward by the court as a way for the men to settle their differences.

"The matter was sent to mediation, and the complainant had not attended ..., but he is still interested in the matter," said Ferguson.

"Are you interested in the mediation?" RM Tie asked Campbell, who was present in court.

"No, I need it (case) to be tried," Campbell replied.

It was also disclosed that the investigating officer and two witnesses in the case were absent from court.

"We need to get all the witnesses here so we can proceed to try the case. I'll order a subpoena for the officer and the two witnesses," said RM Tie, as she extended Pinnock's bail.