Old Montrose man beats and paralyses 56-year-old
A 29-year-old is to be sentenced for beating a 56-year-old man, causing the older man to be partially paralyzed and continuously hospitalized.
This week, Ulrick ‘Convict’ Bailey of Old Montrose pleaded guilty to the charge of, on August 14, 2020 at Higginson Street Kingstown, unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Norman Gumbs of Kingstown.
Gumbs, who has a disability preventing him from speaking, has not left the hospital, specifically the male surgical ward, since the incident. He has no movement in his right arm and left leg.
According to the facts read at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court (KMC) on Wednesday, January 27, the 56-year-old and Bailey were not friendly with each other. Gumbs had reported Bailey to the police before the incident, for the alleged theft of his cellular phone.
On Friday, August 14, at approximately 12:45 am, Gumbs was at Yankee’s Bar in Kingstown, when he was approached by Bailey. The two argued, and this escalated into a physical altercation, during which Gumbs received multiple injuries about his body. The police were called in.
A statement from Gumbs was impossible because of his disability. Additionally, witnesses at the scene also opted not to provide statements, expressing a wish not to get involved. However, they named the defendant.
On the other hand, PC 967 Miller obtained video footage from Higginson Street, that had captured the altercation. The defendant also volunteered a statement admitting to the allegation.
Bailey was discharged pending further investigation but was arrested and charged on January 26, 2021.
The defendant is remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison while he awaits sentencing. His next court date is Monday, February 1.