Change Of Plea

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 0 Opinions
Published: May 11, 2017 4:37 pm AST
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The Magistrate’s Court recorded a change in plea by BVIslander, John Maduro, 42, who is facing charges of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm and being armed with an offensive weapon.

Maduro, who pleaded not guilty to the charges in an earlier appearance, changed his plea to guilty, right on the brink of going into a trial for the matter.

In an appearance earlier this week, Maduro told that court that he is now aware that he has an anger issue and is addressing the matter.

The court heard that the accused is currently seeing a specialist for his anger management issues.

“I’m here begging for leniency. I am now getting help after realizing how I dealt with the matter was not the right way and through the programme, I realize I have a problem.”

According to court records, following an altercation between Derrick Brathwaite and Mrs. Sheree Maduro, wife of the accused, Mr. Maduro attacked Brathwaite.

The court heard that Brathwaite, a groundsman at the Central Administration Building in Road Town, had allegedly touched Mrs. Maduro inappropriately and refused to apologize.

Court details further revealed that the accused visited the job site of Brathwaite and punched him in the face, causing injury to his right eye.

Mr. Maduro then attempted to remove a machete from his waist, but it was quickly wrestled from him by co-workers of the victim.

He is represented by Ms. Ayodeji Bernard of Maximea and Co. Law Chambers.

He will make another appearance on May 23 for sentencing.

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