Mason now facing manslaughter charge
A Richland Park woman who was hospitalized after falling and hitting her head during an incident with another villager has died. Consequently, Micky Pompey, the man accused of being the cause of her fall, has been charged with manslaughter.
Bonnie Filma Bacchus had been warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital since Saturday, August 1. When Pompey, a 41-year-old mason from Richland Park, first appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday, August 5, Bacchus was still alive but had not been responsive since the alleged incident. Doctors had informed that her condition was very serious.
Therefore, on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm on August 1 at Richland Park, Pompey was not granted bail.
Fifty-three-year-old Bacchus, who was said by one witness to have been bleeding from her ear after the incident, succumbed to her injuries on the morning of August 8.
Following this development, at bail review this Wednesday, August 12, the grievous bodily harm charge was withdrawn by the Prosecution.
Instead, it was put to the mason that he, on August 8, in Richland Park, by an unlawful act caused the death of Bacchus, contrary to section 163(1) of the Criminal Code.
Furthermore, Pompey also faces a second charge in relation to the alleged incident, namely that he did unlawfully and maliciously wound Hugh Peters of Simon by planning him with a cutlass.
Peters, a 63-year-old man, is said to have received injuries to his forehead and right elbow.
Reports suggest that the incident involved Pompey allegedly swinging at Peters, who then fell over a raised platform with Bacchus. It is said that Bacchus hit the pitch face forward.
Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche, on Wednesday, indicated that the prosecution did not have any objections to his bail, with surety, reporting conditions, surrendering of travel documents, and stop orders attached.
Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne granted these requests, setting bail at $40,000 with one surety. Reporting conditions of twice a week to the police station in his district were also stipulated.
Pompey’s brother wanted to stand as surety for him, and was accepted.
The accused, who is represented by counsel Charmine Walters, will return to court on December 7.