…older sibling claims victim verbally abused, attacked himThe High Court trial of Brian Joseph and his younger brother, Dequan Small is expected to conclude today – days after the duo denied allegations that their actions almost 11 years ago – nearly caused the death of the Virtual Complainant, Shawn Hussain at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.The State’s case stated that following a confrontation, the then 17-year-old Joseph beat Hussain about the body with a wood on June 24, 2007 with intent to murder him or alternatively, tried to maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.His younger sibling, who was 13 at the time, is accused of abetting and procuring his older sibling to commit the offence. The Prosecution on Tuesday stressed that in the presence of other persons, it was Small, who handed a piece of wood to Joseph, to commit the act. However, two men, now in their twenties disputed the case, painting a different picture as to what transpired.Both gave unsworn statements to the 12-member jury, which meant that they could not be cross-examined by prosecutors or be questioned by the Judge or jury. Small, who stood for just a few minutes, told the court he was nowhere around when the beating took place. He said all he could remember was being home on the day in question when Police arrived in the evening and were looking for his older brother, Brian Joseph.Meanwhile, Joseph addressed the jury for over 20 minutes, telling members that he was now a father of four children. His account was that as he was passing Hussain, he verbally abused him. He indicated that the victim identified him by race and made certain derogatory remarks, which he expressed in open court.Joseph earlier explained that the road in the area was under construction and he took a back route where he encountered Hussain. He claimed that after the first confrontation, he was passing again and was holding on to his bicycle when he was attacked. Joseph noted that he was afraid for his life because “Shawn was a big man”.The accused claimed that Hussain “chucked” him and he fell before he retaliated by assaulted the victim. Joseph did not deny that he assaulted the victim but claimed that the man had a gun in his waist, which fell out after he pushed Hussain to the ground.“I notice some construction material on the ground and I pick up one and lash he on he hand…he try to pull the wood away from me and I lash he on he knee. He get two lash on he hand,” Joseph admitted.He added that he saw a light coming, assuming it was the Police and ran away. He was arrested later that night. He said a relative of Hussain claimed his brother gave him the piece of wood.Justice Sandhill Kissoon is expected to sum up the case before the matter is put to the jury for deliberation. The two men are represented by Michael Somersault while Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are presenting the State.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith the addition of Friday’s teachers, the educators version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame now boasts 25 plaques along the sidewalks of Sherman Way, between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The plaques feature a design of laurel leaves set in the shape of a heart, with an apple in the right corner. Among those honored was Herman Katz, credited with helping Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa finish high school and encouraging him to go on to college. Villaraigosa, who nominated Katz for the award, said Katz never gave up on him. The teacher encouraged him to take higher-level reading classes, motivated him to take his SAT exam, then encouraged him to go to college. “He took a liking to me and an interest in me,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the guy who turned my life around. This is the guy who gave me a shot.” “He was the kid with a lot of potential who wasn’t doing a lot,” Katz said. “He gives me a lot more credit than I deserve.” The teachers were nominated by students and administrators. Other teachers honored included Laura Aguilera, a math instructor at the Pacoima Skill Center who helps those who have difficulty with numbers; Donnamae Huberman, a former Granada Hills and El Camino High School science teacher known for sharing life stories that made her popular among students; and Scott King, a third-generation teacher and coach who has led track and field teams to more than 1,000 victories. In addition, Edward Moreno, a community leader with a long list of service who has taught children from the seventh to 12th grades, and college students at California State University; Fran Pikhart, who teaches children who are confined to homes because of illnesses; and Paul D. White, who has focused on teaching high-risk teens and helping schools become drug-free campuses. “This is a dream come true because teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Joe Andrews, founder and president of the Walk of Hearts Foundation. “There’s no question that our society is better because of our teachers.” email@example.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – At 92, Eleanor Bralver’s honors, awards and accomplishments can fill several single-spaced pages. But it was the accolades she received Friday night that made the Sylmar High School teacher realize her commitment to education will live on forever. “It’s been a labor of love,” said Bralver, who plans to retire in June, ending a seven-decade career that began in 1935 in Detroit. “This award is perpetual.” The Walk of Hearts Foundation honored Bralver along with seven other teachers from the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles during a ceremony at the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park.