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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 19, 2015
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A High Court judge says that cit-
izens in this country are far too often
resorting to violence to resolve dis-
"What is it that makes you behave
violently in a situation?" Justice Maria
Wilson asked, yesterday, in passing
sentence against four people convicted
"Is it ego? Is it insecurity? Do you
feel like the bigger person, the boss,
by beating someone up?
"T&T have become a violent soci-
ety. For whatever reasons, people now
resort to violence to solve disputes,"
In court, relatives of David Walker
wept yesterday as he was sent to jail
for 18 months on a charge of wound-
ing, one week before Christmas.
In handing down the sentence, Wil-
son said one of the main aggravating
factors in the case was the prevalence
of violence in T&T.
Walker, a father of seven, seemed
stunned when the sentence was hand-
ed down by Wilson in the San Fer-
nando Third Assizes Court yesterday.
On November 19, Walker, 33, was
found guilty of wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm to Karol
Wong on March 10, 2005.
His aunt, Joanne Walker, and their
neighbours, Bert Pierre and Joel
Osbourne, were all found guilty of
the lesser charge of unlawful wound-
ing. Joanne and Osbourne were also
found guilty of common assault on
Wong s brother Kyle Wong.
On the first charge, Joanne, 45, was
ordered to pay $2,000 on or before
March 31 next year and was placed
on a $2,000 bond to keep the peace
for two years. If she fails to pay the
fine, she will spend two months in
jail.On the second charge, she was also
placed on a bond of $1,000 to keep
the peace for two years.
Pierre was fined $3,500, to be paid
on or before May 30 next year, or
serve six months simple imprisonment
He was also placed on a $2,000
bond to keep the peace for two years.
Osbourne, 35, was fined $2,000 to
be paid on or before March 31 next
year. In default, he will serve two
months simple imprisonment.
He too was placed on a $2,000
bond to keep the peace for two years.
On the second charge, he was placed
on a $1,000 bond to keep the peace
for two years.
Attorney Subhas Panday represent-
ed Joanne, David and Osbourne while
Pierre was represented by attorney
Attorneys Trevor Jones and Stacy
Too many disputes
end in violence
High Court judge jails, fires 4...
As evidence, Wong's testimony
from the magistrates' court was
read, as he was found dead in 2012,
after being missing for nine months.
The deposition of slain police Sgt
Hayden Manwaring was also read.
Manwaring was killed in the line of
duty on February 2013.
The state also called Wong's
brother, Kyle, to testify.
The state's case was that in 2005,
Wong went to the then National
Housing Authority (NHA) buildings
on Rushworth Street, San Fernando,
to collect a pawned cellphone from
Wong then went across to
another building where he had an
altercation with David. David hit
Wong on the head with a piece of
iron, fracturing his skull.
Wong tried to run, but Joanne and
Pierre blocked him and Pierre
slammed him into a concrete wall.
When he was able to run from
them, David and Osbourne ran after
him and David hit him on the hand
with a piece of iron, telling him,
"When yuh send people to kill meh,
make sure they kill meh."
The prosecution said the night
before the incident happened, some
men went into David's house and
David accused Wong of sending the
men to rob him.
Wong continued to run and they
continued to beat him. David hit him
in the left side of his eye.
Wong managed to escape and
flagged down a passing car which
took him to the San Fernando
He later testified that he lost
consciousness for about four hours.
Kyle Wong testified that he tried
to intervene when his brother was
held in a headlock by Osbourne and
Joanne and hit in the face.
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