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120 hours of service for clinic threat


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A landscaper was warned to stay away from the Branford Taitt Polyclinic and ordered to serve 200 hours in community service yesterday.

Matthew Martin Gibson, 25, of Roxy Gap, Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael, was back before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the Bridgetown Traffic Court for a final decision.

Gibson had pleaded not guilty to wrongful confinement of a nurse at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic, Black Rock, St Michael, on March 13. He also denied using threatening words “I would like to . . . . you up” and behaviour towards Marshall, which caused her to fear for her life.

He had been granted $5 000 bail and warned not to interfere with the complainant on March 17 by Magistrate Bannister.

The magistrate told Gibson after looking at the cross examination of the complainant, he had determined that Gibson had been going to the polyclinic for the past 14 years, and had always preferred one nurse over the other.

On the day in question, Gibson had received a laceration to the foot while clearing some bougainvillea.

“You were told to wait by nurse . . . , who came into the room singing The Blood Of Jesus which seemed to incense you. However, there were delays as a result of several emergencies, [although] you felt you were being hard done by nurses, given past history,” the magistrate said, adding that Gibson blocked the door for ten minutes.

Magistrate Bannister found him guilty on both counts.

“I am of the view [that neither] prison, nor a fine is the appropriate sentence for you . . . . I would urge you not to go anywhere near [the nurses] . . . . You are working now, so find somewhere else to go if you become injured while on the job,” he said, while warning Gibson to learn to behave in spite of what his frustrations may be.

He was sentenced to 120 hours for the threat, and 80 hours for the confinement.

He returns to court on October 12. (RA)


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