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Man badly beats woman over photos, court hears

Roger Alexander

Roger Alexander

A Grenadian man, who is accused of beating and stealing from his ex-lover after he searched her mobile phone and found photos that were not to his liking, has been put on $60,000 bail.

Roger Alexander is facing charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, theft, and criminal damage.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered the 35-year-old to surrender his travel documents and report to the East End Police station three days per week.

Allegations are that Alexander and the complainant were in a romantic relationship that ended in 2015.

Following that, the woman left the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and returned in January last year.

When she arrived on January 6, Alexander allegedly met her and demanded that she stayed in his company.

She refused.

Security guards declined to help

Alexander reportedly held her luggage, grabbed her hand, and took away her $1,500 diamond ring.

The court heard that the woman called out to three security guards for help, but none assisted her.

The accused man then accompanied the woman to her Virgin Gorda residence.

While there, he allegedly started to unpack the woman’s luggage.

The prosecution alleged that Alexander used a knife to cut a pair of the woman’s sneakers. It is also said that he told her not to call anyone, then left.

Further allegations are that, about 9:30 in the evening, the complainant was home when she heard her front door being opened.

Alexander had returned, the court heard.

It is alleged that he took her cellular phone and searched through it.

Threatened to kill her

Alexander found photos in the phone that were ‘not to his taste’. As such, he allegedly started to slap the woman in the face.

Further allegations are that she cried for him to stop, but he tore her tank top and fisted her on the arm, back, and elsewhere on the body.

Alexander then grabbed the woman by the throat and threatened to kill her, it is alleged.

The court was told that she kicked him away and tried to leave the apartment, but he grabbed her and told her that she was not going anywhere.

He stayed the night and left the next day, the court heard.

It is reported that he called her daily afterwards.

Scratches, bruises, and swelling 

The woman – who reportedly was left with scratches, bruises, and swelling about the body – reported the matter to the police.

It is alleged that Alexander admitted to hitting her after seeing the photos.

He was subsequently charged.

In court, Magistrate Richards referred Alexander to the Partnership for Peace programme.

The accused is scheduled to return to court on March 3 to answer to the charges.

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