Charlie Chaplin facing malicious destruction charge | Entertainment

Veteran deejay Charlie Chaplin yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges of malicious destruction of property when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

Chaplin, given name Dr Richard Bennett, reportedly intervened in a dispute between his daughter and one of her neighbours in her apartment complex.

It is alleged that the complainant parked his car in a spot designated for him, but he heard knocking on his door, followed by the words, “Open this door or me a guh set fire to the car.”

It is alleged that Bennett told the complainant that “I just want to see your face because I can call some boys to come deal with it.”

It is alleged that Bennett caused damage to the complainant’s motor vehicle.

The complainant called the police who visted the scene.

Bennett’s lawyer, Hugh Wildman, said his client denies the allegations against him.

“He went there at the request of his daughter, because his daughter couldn’t get this gentleman to move his vehicle. His daughter could not get access to her place so he went there to find out why he was restricting his daughter from getting access to her place. That is all it is. He went there at the request of his daughter because his daughter could not get access to her place.”

The court heard that when Bennett was cautioned by officers at the Constant Spring Police Station, he said: “As a father, I had to stand up for my daughter seeing that she called me and told me that he blocked her in both ways.”

Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague said “what is being asserted outside the allegations of the malicious destruction of property is concerning.”

The veteran entertainer was given bail in the sum of $50,000. He was also ordered not to have any contact or communication with the complainant.

Bennett is set to return to court on December 7.

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