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An elderly man who reportedly threw a cup of hot water on his female companion after accusing her of horning him, found himself answering to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court. The accused, 62-year-old Dennis Miller, a mechanic of Washington Gardens in Kingston, was involved in a six-year relationship with the 42-year-old higgler and dressmaker and both shared a home in St Thomas at the time of the alleged incident.
It is alleged that on April 22 Miller boiled a cup of water and threw it on the complainant, who was sitting at the doorway of her home, then ran from the house. The complainant reportedly received burns to her face, stomach, breast, left hand and shoulder and was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital for treatment. According to the complainant, Miller attacked her after earlier accusing her of being unfaithful to him.
However, on Friday when Miller appeared in court before Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, he pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and his bail was extended for him to return to court on August 18. In another incident, a woman and her two daughters, who are accused of beating their alleged gay relative and biting him on his ear, told the court that they never touched him and that he was beaten by a mob after he showed up dressed like a woman.
Patricia Bignall, a 51-year-old construction worker of Kingston, is accused of using a stone to hit her nephew on his hand while one of her 19-year-old daughters, Carlene Thompson, is accused of holding the complainant's hand for her sister, Pollyanna Osbourne, to bite the complainant on his ears. Bignall is also accused of threatening to kill the complainant. The trio denied beating the complainant, claiming that he was attacked by a mob of men who saw him in his female attire.
Bignall said the complainant then wrongly told the police that they were the ones who had beaten him. She also told the court that the complainant was a troublemaker. Bail for the three accused was subsequently extended for them to return to court on August 11 for trial.