Guilty of chopping Man’s Fingers off Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Romonio GarciaOn Tuesday, July 16th, a jury of six men and three women found 55-year-old Hattieville Farmer, Romonio Garcia guilty of the use of deadly means of harm with intent to cause grievous harm for chopping off another man’s fingers.

Back in 2011, Garcia had been originally charged with maim upon Alfredo Herrera but was later indicted for use of deadly means of harm. The chopping incident occurred on April 1, 2011 between Miles 12 and 13 on the George Price Highway.

During the trial prosecutor, Kaysha Grant told the court on April 1, 2011, Herrera had gone to visit Garcia at his home. The two began to drink and at around 3:30p.m., Herrera made a comment about Garcia’s wife. As a result of this, Garcia grabbed a machete and attacked Herrera, chopping him and severing four of his fingers on his left hand and partially severing the fifth.

The prosecution called 6 witnesses to testify against Garcia, including the doctor, Dr. John Waight who testified that five of Herrera’s fingers were medically amputated. It is noteworthy that also introduced as evidence was a statement given by Herrera; he has since died in circumstances unrelated to the chopping. The statement was admitted despite the fact that the police officer who took it is also dead.

In his defense, from the witness dock, Garcia told the court that Herrera went into his house earlier that day but later left. He claimed that Herrera came back with a bottle of rum that he mixed with water. According to Garcia, that’s when he went inside and closed his door, but the door was unlocked. He further alleged that he then fell asleep, but woke up only to find Herrera inside his room trying to take his machete out of its case. He (Garcia) ran under his table and the next thing he knew, Herrera, in a drunken stupor had chopped off his own fingers and was bleeding inside his house.

Justice Adolph Lucas has deferred sentencing for Wednesday, July 24th.