Man chops teen over water dispute
A St James man, who reportedly used a chopper to inflict wounds to a teenager following a dispute over water, was remanded in custody following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Donovan Smith, of a Norwood address, is charged with unlawful wounding. He was remanded in police custody until May 28, when the case will return before the court.
It is alleged that, on April 30, the 16-year-old complainant placed a container underneath a water pipe in the community to collect water, but Smith removed the teen's container and placed another container under the pipe. The two subsequently got into an argument.
It is further alleged that, later that day, Smith accosted the teenager near a shop and used the chopper to inflict a wound to the complainant's neck.
In court on Wednesday, after the allegations were outlined, presiding magistrate Wilson Smith ordered that the defendant's criminal records be brought before the court and ordered the accused man to submit his fingerprints to the police. The matter was then set for mention on May 28.