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Feuding father and son sent for counselling

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer


The father and son who reportedly assaulted each other during a dispute over family land have been sent to counselling by acting Senior Resident Magistrate (RM) for St James Sandria Wong-Small.

Leroy and Richard Cummings, from Rhyne Park in St James, received the order when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The only way you can realistically ask him to leave is if you're going to buy the house and land. If you want him to come off it, you have to buy him out," Wong-Small suggested to the senior Cummings.

"If we can't assist you through mediation, it doesn't seem that we can assist you at all."

The judge ordered the pair to go back to counselling to settle their differences and to return to court on June 11.

Jacqueline Minto, who represents the son, Richard Cummings, told the court that his father had given him permission to build a house on the family property, but the older Cummings now wants him to vacate the premises.

The lawyer also lamented that the father and son had been to court on several occasions previously because of their dispute, and were attending counselling sessions at the Family Court.

"Whatever is at the heart of the matter is not being resolved, and so they will forever be here. Even if we try and settle one million assault matters for them, the issue will not be resolved because what is at the heart of it is the house and land," said Minto.

"They need counselling and some other things ... . They have to find a way until there can be a permanent resolution outside of them killing each other."

  • Montego Bay man fined for ganja possession


A Montego Bay mechanic was ordered to pay $9,600 in fines after he admitted to having had two pounds of ganja in his possession.

Thirty-seven-year-old Wilmar Wilson pleaded guilty to possession of and dealing in ganja when he appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The details behind his arrest were not read out in court.

"Two pounds is a lot of ganja for you to use," remarked Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small.

"It wasn't two pounds, Miss," Wilson rebutted.

"How much was it?" the judge enquired.

"It was less than two pounds," Wilson replied, though he admitted that he could not say what the exact weight was.

"You go out and buy puss in a bag because I know you never grow it," said Wong-Small.

"What were you going to do with it?" the judge pursued.

"Just issue it out to my friends," the accused man answered.

"You generous bad, too generous," the RM quipped.

She then told Wilson to pay $3,200, or spend 30 days in prison for possession of ganja, and $6,400, or 30 days, for dealing in ganja. He was also ordered to surrender his fingerprints to the police.