Cane Garden Bay Police Station
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The owner of a house located at Little Bay, Brewer's Bay who was accused of beating the man who carried out works on his home, is no longer facing assault charges. Mario Pini who has always maintained his innocence was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
On Monday, June 18, the Director of Public Prosecutions Office informed the court that the complainant in the matter indicated a certain position to the crown and therefore, they will not be offering any further evidence in the case against Pini. Hence, the sitting Magistrate dismissed the charge.
Pini was represented by Herbert McKenzie of Orion Law firm.
In August last year during his first court appearance, Prosecutor Jude Hanley informed the court that the complainant had conducted some work on the defendant's home on May 11 and those works were completed on May 13. She said on Sunday, May 15 around 2:00 pm, the complainant was picked up by the defendant to be transported to his home [defendant].
While at the residence in Brewer's Bay, the defendant pointed out to the man certain work at the home which he was not pleased with and the complainant indicated that he would redo the work. The court heard that while Pini was stating his frustration, it is alleged that he became increasingly upset and began to shout at the complainant and demanded that the worker apologize for the unprofessional work he had carried out at the home.
The complainant then turned his head away and agreed that the work was indeed unprofessional. However, the defendant allegedly held on to the complainant's jaw and told him that he must look at him [defendant] when he is speaking. Hanley said the complainant then responded that he could hear him [defendant] with his ears.
This allegedly got the defendant more upset and he allegedly head-butt the complainant in his forehead, which caused the man to stumble backwards onto the wall. As a result of the head-butt, the man bled from his nose and suffered pain in his head.
Hanley said Pini did not stop there, as he advanced towards the complainant with a folded fist, but the complainant ran away. The complainant then made a report to the Cane Garden Bay Police Station.