A 35-year-old man was on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment by Magistrate Faith McGusty, after he failed to pay compensation to his victim.
Leon Murray, made his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 9, 2019, and admitted that, on September 5, 2019, he maliciously destroyed a
spectacle valued at $30,000, property of Shawn Solomon.
Murray also admitted that, on the same day and at the same place, he assaulted Solomon causing him actual bodily harm.
However, the virtual complainant explained to the court that he would no longer proceed with the matter if he can be compensated for his spectacles and medical bills and Murray agreed. The Magistrate granted Murray 24 hours to get the money to pay the victim.
When the matter was recalled on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Magistrate McGusty told Murray that he had 24 hours to pay the sum of $60,000 to Solomon for the damages done, but, since he failed to do so, he will serve 18 months in prison.
Reports stated that, Murray and Solomon lived together, and, on the day question, they had an argument and Murray armed himself with a brick and ‘pelted’ the virtual complainant to the face, breaking his spectacles and fracturing his nose.
The matter was reported to the police and Murray was arrested and charged.