Eyebrows were raised in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday when it was alleged that a ward of a senior citizen home was being charged with wounding a fellow ward.
Everyone in the courtroom, including Parish Judge Venise Blackstock-Murray, was shocked after the defendant Errol Morris, who uses a wheelchair, was placed in the prisoner's dock to answer to a charge of unlawful wounding. He was assisted by a social worker.
"What really happened?" the judge asked the prosecutor. The court heard that Morris told the complainant, who is physically challenged, to get up from where he was seated. However, the complainant refused and Morris allegedly then used an iron walking stick to hit the complainant in his head, causing a wound that bled.
After the allegations were read in court, bickering could be heard in the courtroom. A plea was not taken from Morris.
The prosecutor told the judge that the case file was incomplete as the medical certificate was outstanding. Judge Blackstock-Murray adjourned the matter until February 10, 2023, when the matter is set for mention.