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Feb 6, 2018

Altercation Has Big Costs for City Resident

Jason Noralez

Twenty-eight-year-old Jason Noralez admits to swinging a machete at Llewelyn Courtenay’s bicycle tire and tube valued at thirty-seven dollars. But he says he was acting in self-defence during an altercation. Noralez appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and damage to property. For the latter he was fined a hundred dollars due by March fifteenth, 2018, in default a month’s imprisonment. Noralez claimed in court that Courtenay threatened him with a stick and he pulled his machete to defend himself. The Magistrate agreed to enter an equivocal plea of not guilty on his behalf and offered bail which he met. Noralez has also agreed to begin repaying a large fine of over seven thousand dollars which could have seen him thrown in jail. He is due back in court on the aggravated assault charge on April twenty-third.

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