Six is his number - Man who hit Toots sentenced

Published: Friday | December 13, 2013 Comments 0
Andrea Davis - File
Andrea Davis - File
Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert - File
Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert - File

William Connor Lewis, charged with felony malicious wounding for throwing a bottle at Jamaican popular music superstar Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, has been sentenced to serve six months in jail.

The incident occurred in May at the Dominion Riverrock Festival, Brown's Island, United States. The 20 year-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault and battery, but has been sentenced to 12 months, with six months supended.

Andrea Davis, a member of Toot's management team, had previously told The Gleaner it was a most unfortunate and unprecedented incident for an artiste of Toots' stature.

"We hope that this (sentencing) serves as a deterrent for this kind of incident in the future. Not just for Toots, but for all artistes. I hope this sends a message to people who want to get careless," Davis said.

Hibbert, who performs as Toots and the Maytals, was playing Country Road when a drunk Lewis hurled the missile at the stage. Hibbert was treated at the VCU Medical Centre for the cut and was later released.

Toots, who was on tour during the time of the incident, cancelled his remaining dates to recuperate in Jamaica. He has not yet received clearance from his doctors to resume performing.

- Davina Henry


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