The East End Police Station
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Deron Walters, who made an appearance before the Magistrate’s Court today, February 13, pleaded not guilty to the offenses of being armed with an offensive weapon, namely a knife, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred early last year on February 1, 2016 in East End, Tortola.
As disclosed by representative for the crown, Hebert Potter, on the afternoon of February 1, 2016 in Hawks Nest, East End, the victim in the matter was standing in the vicinity of the Seventh Day Adventist Church when the accused drove up to him in a white taxi.
The court heard that the accused requested that the complainant join him in the vehicle, as he [accused] had a job for him [complainant].
While driving towards Parham Town, the accused allegedly started physically abusing his passenger.
Upon the complainant questioning the reasons for the assault, the accused stated that he [complainant] had taken a dinghy engine from his yard without permission.
The court heard that the complainant managed to make his way out of the vehicle and ran down a hill, resulting in a fall, where he injured his elbow and knee.
The accused allegedly began to chase the man, in addition to pelting stones at him.
Walters will make another appearance on May 16, when his trial is set to commence.