Man pleads guilty over stabbing

28 year old Renford Tillett was saved from jail time with a guilty plea to the charge of use of deadly means of harm when appearing before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Tillett was originally charged with grievous harm for an incident on June 3, 2011 on Partridge Street in which he stabbed 29 year old Theodore Swazo in the upper right side of his chest during a misunderstanding. Justice Gonzalez fined Tillet 5 thousand dollars and ordered 2 thousand dollars in compensation to Swazo after recognizing that Tillett was a first-time offender and had saved judicial expense. Tillett was given until December 30 to pay the fine. If he defaults on payment he will serve 5 years. Swazo was examined and treated by a doctor who classified his injury as grievous harm. The trial began last Tuesday and two witness had testified at the main trial. Then a voire dire was held to determine whether an application made by the Crown to have a dock identification of Tillett should be allowed. But before Justice Gonzalez could rule on it Tillett changed his plea. Tillett was represented by Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold while the Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Rene Montero Jrvlcsnap-2016-06-14-10h09m39s971

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