CHUTNEY singer Nermal "Massive" Gosine, who is charged with two offences of assault, is claiming he was the one attacked by two men after he was cursed outside his home last December.
Defence attorney Kevin Ratiram yesterday told prosecution witness Wayne Dharanpaul that Gosine was the one who was chased in the road after he (Dharanpaul) "charged toward Gosine with a cutlass".
Gosine is charged with assaulting Dharanpaul and Andrew Richardson by beating them at Mootoo Street, Marabella, back on December 10.
Gosine was also charged by Constable Ragoo with using obscene language.
Dharanpaul gave evidence on Monday that he was pulling into his driveway in Mootoo Street, Marabella, when he was stopped by a "big, massive stone" blocking his gate.
He said upon moving the stone, he heard Gosine cursing, and the entertainer soon afterward went to his car, got a cutlass and began hitting him with it.
But Ratiram told Dharanpaul yesterday that on the day of the alleged incident, "You came up to the trunk of the defendant's car, holding a cutlass…. You were cursing and saying, 'Massive, come out; I will chop up your (expletive) tonight.'"
Dharanpaul denied the claim.
The attorney also told Dharanpaul that a man who was with him went after Gosine with a piece of metal.
"From the back of the car, you charged toward him (Gosine) with the cutlass in your hand. The defendant ran in the road in front of his car. You raised your right hand with the cutlass toward the defendant. The defendant grabbed you by the wrist and with his other hand, he wrestled away the cutlass from you," the attorney said.
Ratiram said there was a scuffle.
"He (Gosine) planassed you once on your left hand and once on your back."
A second man, Ratiram said, was planassed after he swung at Gosine with a spanner.
Dharanpaul denied it all.
The trial is being heard before San Fernando Fifth Court Magistrate Rae Roochan and is being prosecuted by police Sergeant Marlon Bruce.
It is expected to continue on March 25.