Fracas over election protest lands two in court

-proprietor ordered to pay for Blackberry he destroyed

Magistrate Sueanna Lovell ordered proprietor Tie Sheng Ye called “George” to pay for the cost of a Blackberry cellular phone that he destroyed, when he yesterday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrate’s court to answer to the charge of malicious damage to property.

The court heard that on November 29, at Lyng Street, Georgetown, Ye, the owner of the Golden Bridge Inc, damaged one Blackberry cellular phone belonging to Dawn Moore. The man pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

Prosecutor Lionel Harvey told the court that the VC and the accused are known to each other because they operate their businesses at the same location, though in different departments. On the said day, Ye ordered a member of staff to close the gate to the premises because of an elections protest nearby. However, Moore refused to allow her side of the entrance to be closed and as a result the man became angry and allegedly threatened her.

Moore then parked her car in front of the gate and the defendant allegedly retaliated. She then tried to record the incident on her cellular phone when Ye picked up a piece of wood and hit it from her hand. The matter was reported and Ye was later charged.

In her testimony Moore told the court that, “George … took my cellular phone and pelted it to the ground… he was not satisfied and he did it again… he still was not satisfied so he picked up a piece of wood and while doing so he cut his hands.” The woman said Ye is intimidating her and she wants a “simple sorry” and for him to pay for the cost of the device.

The magistrate then ordered both parties to keep the peace for one year and Ye was ordered to compensate the VC for her phone. After the defendant handed over the money he said, “She lie, lie, lie” as he exited the courtroom.

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