Smith Guilty For Assaulting Dancer

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 0 Opinions
Published: May 09, 2017 8:05 am AST
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Gary Smith, 43, has been found guilty of assaulting and robbing a dancer at The Basement, a club in Road Town, last year May.

Prior to handing down the verdict in this matter, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards told the accused she was unable to believe his case, adding that the injuries sustained by the dancer matched her testimony, as opposed to his.

In mitigation, Smith stood by his case and told the court, “I did not do nothing. I was just protecting myself.”

According to court records, on May 14th 2016, Smith visited the club and requested a private dance with one of their dancers. After paying $100, the accused and the complainant in the matter went to a private room.

It was noted that after 20 minutes, the allotted time for a private dance, the bartender at the business place knocked on the door to indicate the time was up.

Smith became angry, as he was not satisfied with the length of time. He then demanded additional time, to which he was told additional time requires additional money.

Smith then began to demand a refund. When this was refused, both the accused and the complainant began to quarrel, which then led to Smith allegedly assaulting her. As a result, the court heard that the complainant pepper sprayed the accused.

As the dispute progressed, Smith allegedly reached into her purse and took $300, and then left the site.

The female was said to have sustained injuries to her face and about her body.

Smith will be sentenced on May 12.

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