A man who was arrested six months after allegedly inflicting chop wounds to another man was granted bail on Thursday.

Twenty-one-year-old Shamar Dixon, of Frontier in Port Maria, was offered bail by Senior Parish Judge Yvette Wentworth-Miller in the sum of $200,000 with up four sureties.

Allegations revealed by the prosecution were that on August 18, 2016, the male complainant was at his shop when he saw a man only known to him as ‘Kartel’ walking by his shop along with others.

‘Kartel’ allegedly uttered the words, “some people ago dead…” while walking by the shop. Later that day, while the complainant was closing his shop, ‘Kartel’ allegedly returned with a machete and chopped him on his right shoulder.  The complainant received several other chop wounds, but managed to escape and report the incident to the police that night.  The prosecution further revealed that the complainant also received chops to his left arm and back and lacerations to his arms.

Dixon was arrested on March 4 this year in Port Maria after the complainant allegedly saw the man known to him as ‘Kartel’ and alerted police officers. Shamar Dixon was subsequently arrested and fingered as ‘Kartel’ in an identification parade.

When Dixon made his first court appearance on Thursday, March 16, his attorney told Judge Wentworth-Miller in a bail application that his client was not evading the police and he often went to and from Port Maria and Hanover, where his mother lived.

The judge had decided to withhold her decision on bail at that time to allow for the arresting officer’s statement that would give an account of how Dixon was arrested.

The matter was pushed back to March 23, and the arresting officer’s statement was not in accordance to the Committal Proceedings Act (CPA) and it had to be redone. The judge further ordered for the complainant to be in court on March 31 and Dixon was further remanded into custody.

However, last Thursday, the prosecution revealed that the arresting officer was overseas and the complainant was not present at court as it was revealed that he received therapy on Thursdays. It was at this point that the prosecution explained that the crown was not objecting to bail.

As a condition of his bail, Dixon will reside with his mother in Dias, Kingsvale in Hanover with his mother and report to the Kingsvale police station every Saturday.

The case will again be mentioned on May 24.

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