(CMR) Mike Adam and several members of his family appeared in Summary Court today for a common assault trial in relation to an ongoing right of dispute where he alleges his neighbor, Wilson Mendoza, has been harassing him for years.
the three men requested that the the trial be vacated based on changes in their pleas.
The parties changed their plea to guilty for the charges before the court instead of going ahead with a trial. Attorney Waide DaCosta requested the change in plea before Magistrate Philippa McFarlane.
The allegations relate to an incident on January 12 2020 on Lissa Lane in West Bay. This is not the first time that tempers have flared in relation to the matter.
Michael Adam admitted to “swinging at” Mendoza. Erick Adam had the charges changed slightly with a plea on the basis of the fact that he hit the cap on the head of the victim as opposed to hitting him on the actual head. Eric Adam admitted to pushing him on the chest.
Senior Crown counsel Nicole Petit accepted the pleas on behalf of the DPP's office.
Magistrate McFarlane requested a social inquiry report as well as the victim impact statement from the relevant department.
The parties have been involved in an ongoing five-year land dispute after the Mendozas moved in some years back and attempted to circumvent an existing right of way that was in use by the Adam family for some 30 plus years.
The matter was subject to community protests and even intervention by the National Roads Authority. However, the Mendozas have managed to hold all parties, hostage, by starting litigation against the NRA to impede them from making the access point a public roadway.
That case has not yet been heard as the matter was pending the outcome of this criminal trial.
Mendoza has managed to avoid any criminal convictions despite making recorded threats to kill after what many have called a campaign of terror against the Adam family.
Mike Adam is a former government minister and has resided at his current home for over 45 years.
The matter is set for sentencing on December 1.