Johnathon Freeman on March 13, 2012.
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A resident of Long Bush who has denied allegations that he threatened to kill a customer at Richard's Bar on Flemming Street on Tuesday, March 6 will stand trial in the Magistrate's Court next month.
Johnathon Freeman known as Mitch, who said he is a landscaper, pleaded not guilty to threatening language, being armed with an offensive weapon and common assault this morning, July 20.
Freeman who is in custody since March underwent mental evaluation, and today Magistrate Tamia Richards said the doctor has written to the court and stated that Freeman is fit to be pleaded to the charges. Hence, the charges were read to him.
When the charges were being read to Freeman, he kept repeating, "They have me confused. I did not trouble that guy."
Freeman will remain on medication, and during his first court appearance he was offered $6,000 bail signed with one surety. However, he is yet to take up the bail offer.
It is alleged that on March 6 the complainant Ramzair Bazaar was at Richard's Bar located upstairs People's Shoe Store when Freeman allegedly came in the restaurant with a machete and began to slam it on the table where the complainant was sitting.
He allegedly told the complainant, "[Expletive] you. I am going to kill you."
Freeman then allegedly pointed the machete in front of the man's face and according to the complainant, it was very close and he became fearful for his life as Freeman was threatening him.
According to the allegations, the complainant moved backwards from Freeman and telephoned the Road Town Police Station where a report was made.
Police Officers then responded to the scene and Freeman, who was still in the area, was cautioned and told about the allegation. Following further questioning, Freeman allegedly took the officers where he hid the machete behind the alley way. He was then arrested.
The trial begins on August 31 and he is represented by Attorney at Law Ruthilia Maximea.