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Brothers row over house

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Brothers row over house

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Two brothers locked in a battle over their grandmother’s house were placed on a bond to keep the peace for the next 12 months.

Hugh Devere Greenidge, 64, of 8th Avenue, Harts Gap, St Michael, changed his plea in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday, and admitted to unlawfully and maliciously wounding his brother, Barrington Dottin, on January 28.

Dottin told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that he returned home one night and was attacked by Greenidge with a piece of wood.

“I was in the kitchen feeding my cats, and when I went to put back the food in the fridge he attacked me. I got three lacerations on my head and two on my forehead,” he said, admitting there had always been bad blood between them.

Greenidge, who was defended by Shadia Simpson, told the magistrate they could not get along because, “he say he don’t want me at the residence”.

“I was in my bedroom and went to get water. He had already fed the cats. I had got my hair plait and he twist it round his hand. I ask him about 14 times to let me go, but he had me twisting about. I pick up the wood and struck him,” Greenidge said.

Greenidge, who had previously appeared in the St Matthias Court, had been released on $2 000 bail with the understanding that he would reside with his aunt before the matter was transferred to the District “A” court on February 1.

Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant chastised the brothers for their behaviour, noting that land and religion were two topics that forced families apart.

“This story is not new. This goes back from time immemorial. The two of you are brothers. You’re fighting over a house that you are going to die and leave,” she said. 

“If you are looking for any compensation, you’re not going to get it,” she told Dottin.

Both men were placed on a bond to keep the peace for the next 12 months. If breached, they would be made to forfeit $1 500 forthwith or spend two months in jail.