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Man offered $50,000 bail on machete-wounding case

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

WESTERN BUREAU:A man accused of using a machete to wound another man was offered bail in the sum of $50,000 with two sureties in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Robert Ferguson of a Mount Salem address in St James pleaded not guilty to unlawful wounding.

The prosecution offered no opposition to the bail offer on condition that he had no contact with the complainant, Chester Haughton.

"You're not in any way, shape, or form to interfere with this man, and nobody is to do so on your behalf," Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small warned Ferguson.

She also ordered Ferguson to report to the Mount Salem Police Station every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"Where is your family?" Wong-Small asked Ferguson.

"In Lilliput (St James)," Ferguson answered.

"Where you live, is rent you rent it?" the judge queried.

"Somebody give me the place to live," Ferguson answered.

"You might have to go back to Lilliput," the judge answered.

Haughton was seen sporting two large bandages on his right arm during the court hearing. It is said that Ferguson allegedly inflicted wounds to his arm during a fracas on April 23.

"If he gets bail and comes back there, will it be a problem?" the RM asked the complainant.

"I don't have anything to do with him," answered Haughton.

The case will next be mentioned on May 16.