DANCEHALL artiste Mavado was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and malicious destruction of property in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The incident occurred on the Belmont main road district of that the parish in July last year.
Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, had pleaded not guilty to the charges. He, however, was found guilty by Resident Magistrate Wilson Smith and fined $100,000.
Brooks was fined $80,000 or six months on the assault charge and another $20,000 or six months for malicious destruction of property. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
Brooks’ attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas said his client is considering appealing of the verdict as they did not think the RM took everything into consideration.
The attorney said the police made no attempts to find the others persons involved in the incident despite their names and addresses being made available. Thomas also said Brooks made contact with the complainant on his own initiative to offer compensation as well as to make himself available to the police as he had nothing to hide.
The evidence given was that that on July 22 at about 7:00 pm the complainant and his son were in a Toyota Camry along the Belmont main road when they came up on a long line of traffic and pulled off the road which was dug up.
It was heard that a man known as ‘Fat Eye Dwayne’ then came to the driver’s door, opened it and slammed it then re-opened it and began assaulting the driver. The court heard that ‘Fat Eye Dwayne’ slapped the man in his face and kicked him in the groin.
According to the evidence, Brooks then drove up in a black Range Rover and told the complainant to move out of the way as he was not going to drive his vehicle over the stones but the complainant refused.
The court heard then that artiste used the wheel of his vehicle to squeeze the man between his car door and the car, causing swelling to his foot and a cut to his shoulder.
Another case stemming from the incident yet to be determined. Brooks’ promoter 33-year-old Gregory Lindo is charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.