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Richard Lettsome in Court for criminal damage

-following a feud with his cousin over a land dispute
The court heard that Richard Lettsome and a cousin had a dispute over land that led to the damage of a vehicle. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Richard Lettsome and a cousin whose name was not mentioned in court on June 2, 2014 have been at it for sometime in a matter of ownership of a plot of land.

While that matter is at the level of the High Court currently the two have been clashing resulting in Lettsome being placed before the Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of causing damage to property; a vehicle that was on the land on January 4, 2014.

Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo heard that on the day in question while at the disputed land the two cousins were engaged in a verbal confrontation which resulted in the police being called in to pacify the matter. The two were warned to keep the peace.

However one thing led to another and the two shortly after found themselves in another verbal squabble which stemmed from the complainant having a vehicle parked on the disputed property. It is alleged that in the heat of things Lettsome pelted a stone which was said to have landed on the bonnet of the vehicle causing it to sustain a dent.

The damage was estimated at $350 - $400 and while the court heard on June 2, 2014 that Lettsome had admitted during a police interview to pelting the stone he pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal damage.

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