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A 51-year-old businessman has been ordered to
pay $50,000 in compensation to a former employee,
whose leg he broke in an altercation in 2006.
Junior McDonald, a father of four, was only spared
a prison sentence after his victim, Keith Wilkinson,
said he would prefer to accept compensation than see
his former employer jailed.
In passing sentence on McDonald in the Port-of-
Spain High Court yesterday, Justice Devan Rampersad
Businessman to pay $50,000
for breaking employee's leg
said he took into account Wilkinson s opinion and
that the businessman had a clean criminal record. He
also said he considered the fact McDonald had spent
over six weeks in prison awaiting sentence, since he
was convicted in late January.
"You ought to understand that society expects you
to contain your behaviour even if you are angry," Ram-
Wilkinson had previously said he wanted $140,000
in compensation as he could not work after being
injured. However, Rampersad could not fulfil his request
as the maximum compensation the court can order
under the Criminal Procedure Act is $50,000. Ram-
persad gave McDonald three months to pay the com-
McDonald and his brother Ricardo Abbott were
jointly charged with assaulting Wilkinson with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm.
According to the evidence presented in the trial,
the incident took place at McDonald s car rental
business at Western Main Road, Carenage, on May
McDonald reportedly got into an argument with
Wilkinson, whom he had employed as a watchman.
During the dispute he struck Wilkinson with a piece
of wood, breaking his right leg. Abbott was alleged
to have pinned Wilkinson to the ground as his brother
In his defence, McDonald claimed he had fired
Wilkinson the day before and that it was Wilkinson
who attacked him, forcing him to use the make-shift
weapon to defend himself.
At the conclusion of their trial before Rampersad,
a nine-member jury convicted McDonald and acquitted
The siblings were represented by Sean Cazabon
while Brent Winter prosecuted.
the parade at
MARCH PAST WINNERS
dence in the
trial of 12 men
murdering former Xtra Foods chief executive Vin-
dra Naipaul-Coolman has been removed from the
panel over an argument with the jury s foreman.
He became the third juror to be removed from
the original 12-member jury and six alternates that
was selected at the start of the trial in late March,
last year. Last May, a juror was removed over a
similar incident with another being dismissed in
January after he caused repeated delays due to
The most recent issue was raised by the foreman
before the start of yesterday s hearing in the Port-
of-Spain Second Criminal Court. Presiding Judge
Malcolm Holdip then cleared the courtroom as he
started an immediate inquiry into the allegation.
After holding lengthy discussions with prosecutors
and defence attorney, Holdip opted to dismiss the
The process occupied most of yesterday s hearing
as it delayed the continuation of the testimony of
Keon Gloster, the State s main witness in the case.
According to prosecutors, Gloster was allegedly
present when the businesswoman was killed at a
house in Upper La Puerta, Diego Martin, days after
she was abducted from her Chaguanas home on
December 19, 2006.
Although a $122,000 ransom was paid by her
family she was not released and her body has never
been found by police.
Gloster has claimed he was coerced into giving
the statements. The trial resumes on Monday.
Juror removed after
argument with foreman
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