The well-known restauranteur accused of aggravated burglary and damaging the property of his Dominican Republic girlfriend after learning that another man lived with her has been granted bail.
Clarence Mactavious, the owner of the popular Sea Cow’s Bay restaurant called Struggling Man’s Place, did not answer to the charges when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Wednesday. That is because his matter is indictable, meaning it is triable before a judge and jury at the High Court.
The 64-year-old accused man, who is also a taxi operator, allegedly broke into the woman’s abode and attacked another man he found inside the apartment. That man was said to be her roommate.
13 stitches to head
The court heard that about 11 pm on May 12, Mactavious entered as a trespasser at his girlfriend’s Long Bush apartment through a window. He was allegedly armed with a baton.
The roommate was awakened by the sounds of broken kitchenware while in his bedroom.
When he opened his bedroom door, he claimed that the accused man struck him more than once on his head, and arms.
It is alleged that just before the roommate managed to escape further blows, Mactavious allegedly told him: “I am going to shoot you.”
The roommate received 13 stitches from wounds to the head, the court heard.
The court was told that the woman had left her home to get something to eat just before the incident but was alerted by a neighbour to return to the residence.
When she arrived, she saw that there were blood and broken items on the floor.
The court heard that the roommate had moved into the two-bedroom apartment approximately two weeks before the accused man’s girlfriend moved in.
He was required to pay $200 which reflects half of the monthly rent.
The court was told that Mactavious ‘assists’ his girlfriend with her half of the rent.
According to allegations, the accused man was not informed that the apartment was a shared rental. He only later heard that his girlfriend had a ‘man’ living in the house with her.
The court was further told that Mactavious and the woman were in a relationship whereby they occasionally visited each other’s home.
Two-part bail – cash upfront
Meanwhile, in court, Magistrate Innocent granted bail in the sum of $20,000 to the 64-year-old accused.
Mactavious must, however, pay $5,000 cash upfront in order to take up the bail offer.
The remaining $15,000 was a signed bail bond with one surety.
As a condition bail, Mactavious is to submit all travel documents and was told to not to leave Tortola without permission from the court. He was also ordered not to interfere with witnesses.
Mactavious who is also a taxi driver is to report to the Road Town Police Station every Monday and Friday between 6 am to 6 pm.
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