Antony Chinnery, a Jost Van Dyke fisherman, tried to explain the actions that brought him before Magistrate Tamia Richards on Tuesday, but she quickly silenced him.

“Either you plead guilty or not guilty,” she said.

“Not guilty,” he replied after a moment.

Mr. Chinnery pleaded not guilty to charges of being armed with an offensive weapon and disorderly conduct in connection with a recent altercation with another fisherman in Little Harbour, JVD. He also pleaded guilty to threatening to damage property.

Mr. Chinnery, 36, is not represented by a lawyer and he doesn’t plan to get one, he told the court. “I can speak for myself,” he said.

The Little Bay resident told the court he is the father of a 4-year-old daughter, who he supports.

He was granted a $30,000 bail offer with one signed surety, and was ordered to report to the JVD Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.


See the June, 21, 2012 edition for full coverage.