Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Man misses target with glass bottle, strikes mother with baby in arms

In an attempt to get revenge on a man who he claimed stabbed him, a 27-year-old man wounded a mother as she held onto her baby.

And yesterday a magistrate had nothing but stern words for the 27-year-old, Rashidi Akins Smith when he pleaded guilty to the unlawful and malicious wounding of Tanaka Grace on February 28.

"You are so wrong you could have killed an innocent woman...trying to settle a score," Magistrate Douglas Frederick said to the resident of Down Hill Drive, Eden Lodge, St. Michael.

The magistrate expressed further dismay after hearing that the woman had her baby daughter in her arms when she was struck.

"What is aggravating... is that she had a baby in her arms...you endangered their lives," he charged.

According to prosecutor Sergeant Theodore McClean, Grace was struck with a beer bottle when Smith threw the glass-bottled beverage at the taxi. The taxi driver had to transport Grace to the hospital to seek medical attention.

Smith told the court his target was the driver, not Grace. He said he was not aware that Grace was in the vehicle and did not know she was hurt as a result of his actions.

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Smith explained that he and the taxi driver had been involved in an altercation in January and "they ended up fighting". He said he also received stab wounds at the hands of the driver resulting in him being on crutches for some time.

The magistrate told Smith he should have left the matter to the police and subsequently remanded him until March 29.

A pre-sentencing report was also ordered as Smith is not known to the courts.

In addition to the charges, Smith denied damaging the same taxi on the same date.

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