Deejay Bounty Killer will have to spend at least the next week in jail after he was denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday on assault charges.
The deejay, real name, has been in custody since Monday when he was arrested on a warrant by officers from the Constant Spring Police Station.
The court heard that on March 30 the complainant, a student, told police that the deejay had assaulted her. It was further revealed that the complainant had reported that she had been involved with the deejay for three years, and when she told him that she wanted to end the relationship and had moved on with her life he got angry and hit her all over her body. It was also alleged that after his arrest the deejay threatened the complainant.
As this was revealed in court, Bounty shook his head defiantly, disagreeing with the allegations.
Price, who was led into court along with other inmates, pleaded not guilty before Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. His lawyer, Linda Wright, in attempting to get bail for the accused, said her client did not threaten the complainant. She also challenged the officers to produce a signed statement, whether by an officer who overheard the alleged threat or by the complainant herself.
The complainant revealed that she did not sign that statement as at the time she was reconsidering pressing charges. The police told the court that the complainant was surrounded by a circle of entertainers who were encouraging her to do away with the case. A policeman said the complainant was fearful for her life.
The deejay’s attorney said the artiste did not make a threatening call in front of the police at the station and said, in fact, that it was the complainant who had informed the officer that she had received a call from the deejay. She said it was at this point that the officers confiscated the deejay’s phone. The attorney said the allegations had been exaggerated as the medical report attached to the file was very general and made no reference to any serious injuries.
RM Pusey told the court that the deejay had a similar matter before the court recently that was dismissed at the complainant’s request. She said: “He had a very similar case recently and this one is going in the same direction, just because of the notoriety of the accused. But I am not impressed by those things. I am not concerned about Bounty Killer.”
She said she would not grant bail as the accused was currently on bail for a gun-related and assault matter, as well as a marijuana charge, and the law speaks strongly about persons who reportedly commit offences while on bail. She also said the allegation of threats made to the complainant was another factor why bail was being denied.
The matter will be tried on April 14.
….Alleged victim willing to forgive him
‘Me and Rodney are going to work it out,’ she says
The woman who reported that she had been assaulted by deejay Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price is now saying that she is willing to work it out with the artiste and wants to see him released.
Kadine Baker, the complainant in the deejay’s current assault case, which is now before the court, said she reported the matter to the police because at the time of the alleged incident, she was angry.
Baker told THE STAR: “I reported it at the time because I was upset, but it’s the first domestic offence and me and Rodney are going to work it out.”
Allegations against the deejay are that on March 30, when Baker decided that she wanted to end their three-year relationship, he got angry and assaulted her, hitting her all over her body.
While admitting that she had in fact told the deejay that the relationship was over, she said: “I don’t want it to end again, ’cause wi good.”
She said she is really bothered by the fact that the deejay is now in custody and said: “Mi really waan see him back pan di road. I think him learn him lesson now.”
Baker said the two have been a couple for three years and began dating after the deejay expressed a liking for her. She said: “We have had our disputes, but it has never been physical.”
Baker, a model and student, is set to appear in deejay Spice’s video for the single Back Broad. The video is to be released this Friday.
Price is known for hits such as Poor People Fed Up, Eagle and The Hawk and Sufferer. He is also no stranger to legal troubles and currently has two cases before the court.