Virgin Gorda resident Quincy Ells, who is currently on trial for wounding his neighbour with a machete, has told the court he was acting in self-defence.
During the neighbour’s (complainant) testimony on Wednesday, he claimed that Ells was trying to kill him on October 24, 2016. He told the court that Ells struck him with the machete, inflicting wounds to his head and shoulder.
However, while being cross-examined by Ells, the complainant admitted that he was the one who visited Ells’ home with a bat and used it to inflict the first blow.
In explaining why he attacked Ells, the alleged ‘victim’ told the court he was in fear because Ells had wrongfully accused him of burglary.
Ells said he reacted to being struck with the bat by grabbing the closest thing he could find to defend himself. This object happened to be the machete, he told the court.
Onlookers eventually broke up the fight and the matter was reported to the police.
Ells was subsequently charged for being armed with an offensive weapon and wounding. He only pleaded guilty to the weapon charge.
He is unrepresented.
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