Woman beater changes plea to guilty

Court Reports

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 24, 2019

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A man who told the court that he was not guilty of slapping the mother of his child because she retaliated, changed his plea after the judge told him that the woman has all right to defend herself.

On Thursday when the matter was called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, the accused man, who claimed his job was on the line, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

The complainant told the prosecutor who told the court that the accused has been beating her and that she does not wish to go to mediation.

“What was the argument about?” Parish Judge Vaughn Smith asked.

“He's just like that. He's always following me up,” the complainant explained.

“I slapped her and I apologised. I will not follow up her again,” the accused uttered.

“Is this the first time Sir?” Smith inquired.

“She always slap mi up,” the accused justified.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused went to the bar where the complainant works and started accusing her of sleeping out. It was reported that the accused left the bar, went to his car and returned with a tablet. The prosecutor told the court that the accused began showing the customers videos of her engaging in adult activities.

“What you have to say for yourself?” the judge asked.

“I apologised to her, mi always a look out for her,” he replied.

“This is how you look out for her?” Smith asked.

“We have a son together,” he replied.

“And this is how you use your hand to look out for her?,” the judge asked.

“My job is on the line,” the accused complained.

When the judge offered mediation, the complainant said, “Is not the first, is not the second, is not the third, he's not going to change.”

“Look, mi always a look out for her. Four year she was not working she was staying at my house. I was taking care of her. The amount a 'bun' she give mi, mi shame fi walk in a camp with her. Officer deh wid her, corporal deh wid her,” he stated.

Smith again suggested that they could work out their differences at mediation.

“If I was in your position I would ensure that when I go there, I leave there with an agreement,” the judge said prior to referring the matter to restorative justice.

They are to return to court on May 2, whether or not an agreement is reached.


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