Vincy man granted $60K bail after allegedly assaulting woman with knife

(BVI) – A St Vincent man accused of injuring a woman after holding her at knife-point has been granted $60,000 signed bail in the Magistrate’s Court.

Charged with using threatening language, criminal damage and assault causing actual bodily harm is 31-year-old Clifton John.

He was not made to plead to the charges when he appeared before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin on Tuesday.

Allegations

The court heard that on May 24, the complainant was playing a game of dominoes with friends at a bar on Virgin Gorda.

After some time, she and another female excused themselves and headed to the bathroom together.

It is alleged that John, who would perform odd jobs around the establishment, accosted the woman with a knife on her way back and demanded to know what they were discussing.

The court heard that he allegedly said: “You must not tell me lies or else I will f*** you up.”

It is further alleged that the accused man criminally damaged a 32-inch television belonging to the complainant.

A report was made to police and John was subsequently arrested.

During a subsequent interview, he allegedly told police that he went to the bathroom on the day in question and noticed the women there.

He allegedly told police that he asked what they were discussing but he denied the allegations against him.

Bail

In court, the Crown did not object to bail but insisted that John be placed under specific bail conditions.

As such, the court imposed signed bail with one surety.

The accused was ordered to surrender his travel documents and report to the Virgin Gorda Police Station on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 6 am to 6 pm.

John, who is being represented by defence attorney Patrick Thompson, is also forbidden from making any contact with the complainant.

He is scheduled to return to court on July 30.