Dr Oneil Ankle, principal of the Jonathan Grant High School in St Catherine, will face the courts again on May 27th when his assault case continues in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court.
The accused, Ankle, is accused of attacking a CVM cameraman and damaging his equipment in a well-publicised incident over two years ago.
Clerk of Court Venese Murray appeared for the Crown which contends that in September 2012, students adjudged to be wearing short uniforms, were locked out at Jonathan Grant High School. The complainant attempted to film the activities but provoked the ire of Dr Ankle who allegedly assaulted him and threw him off the compound.
During the first day’s trial on Thursday, the complainant testified before Resident Magistrate Natalee Brooks that on the day in question he went to work at the school and was attacked by Ankle, who held him by his collar and grabbed his camera lens which got damaged. The complainant said he received injuries to his face when Dr. Ankle shoved the camera.
Under cross-examination from attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, the lawyer suggested to the witness that Ankle only used his hand to turn the camera lens when the complainant failed to move.
The witness quickly denied this, asserting that Dr. Ankle had assaulted him before forcibly removing him from the institution.
Attorney-at-Law Lancelot Clarke Jr is appearing on behalf of the complainant.