Man stoned cameraman after photo appeared on Capitol News -court told

A man who allegedly pelted a stone at a Capitol News cameraman resulting in injuries to his forehead, over a news story which carried his photograph, was yesterday placed on $70,000 bail by Principal Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle.

Brian Headley, 40, a businessman who resides at 154 Wayne Street, Enterprise pleaded not guilty to unlawful wounding and threatening language when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

It is alleged that on October 9 at Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, he made use of threatening language to Pearson Renaldo and also unlawfully and maliciously wounded him.

Attorney-at-law Vic Puran represented Headley. He told the court that his client owns a business and sells food on Thomas Street. The attorney said that Renaldo is his client’s neighbour and that they have a history of ill will. He added that Renaldo picked up an iron bar and hit his client who in defence pelted him with a brick.

Police prosecutor Sherwin Matthews told the court that the issue stemmed from a photograph that was broadcast on television during a Capitol News segment. He stated that Headley accused Renaldo of having his photo broadcast on television since he works at Capitol News. He added that Renaldo went to Thomas Street and while picking up a file he received a blow to his head with what appeared to be a gun. He was treated at the hospital.

Puran responded that no gun was involved.

Renaldo told the court that Headley came to his office and complained about his photo being used in a story. He added that his boss assured him that it would not happen again. Yet, he said, Headley continued threatening him and a number of persons saw when he was dealt the blow to his head by the accused who drove off in a car.

Headley who also opted to speak about what took place stated that the incident had nothing to do with his photograph since he said that issue was settled when he spoke to Renaldo’s boss. He stated that Renaldo told him he was finished as a businessman and attacked him with the iron bar and he threw the stone which hit him on his forehead to defend himself.

The magistrate placed Headley on $50,000 bail for the unlawful wounding charge and $20,000 bail on the threatening language charge.

His case was transferred to Court Three for November 8.