Several years after Rujay Spencer was stabbed in the back in Golden Grove, the High Court awarded him $10,000 in compensation for his injury.
Shimel Robinson, 21, who stabbed Spencer, was sentenced yesterday by Justice Keith Thom who ordered him to pay $1,200 forthwith, with the balance to be paid in monthly instalments of $1,000 starting at the end of the month, with the final payment of $800 due at the end of August 2019.
Yesterday, Robinson apologised in court to Spencer for stabbing him in the back which resulted in the injured man being hospitalised. Spencer acknowledged the man’s apology.
The now convicted man pleaded guilty to the crime on the first day of his trial after the defence had called its first witness. Sentencing was scheduled for a later date and a social inquiry report was prepared by the probation department.
The convicted man agreed with the prosecution’s account of what transpired that he stabbed the virtual complainant in Golden Grove almost three years ago.
It was said that the two men had a disagreement several weeks before the incident and on that occasion they both went their separate ways.
However, on the morning of the crime, while Spencer was on his way to work, Robinson ran up behind him and stabbed him with a sharp object before fleeing the scene.
Spencer was rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre where he had to be warded for at least two days.
Should Robinson default in paying the court-ordered sum he will spend a year at Her Majesty’s Prison.