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Man who assaults, threatens to rape ex-lover jailed for a year

Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.

A man who invaded his former lover’s home, injured, indecently assaulted and threatened to rape her has been slapped with a 59-month sentence — 12 of which he will spend on remand.

The remaining 35 months was suspended for two years. This effectively means that the man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his victim, will only serve those remaining 35 months in prison if he commits another offence within two years of being released from prison.

He was sentenced via video link from Her Majesty’s Prison by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Wednesday.

He was previously found guilty on July 26, 2019 for the offences of threatening language, criminal trespass, indecent assault, and assault causing actual bodily harm.

For using threatening language, he was given 60 days in prison. He was slapped with 15 months for criminal trespass, 18 months for assault causing actual bodily harm, and 24 months for the indecent assault charge.

Twelve months of the 24-month indecent assault sentence was suspended, which means he will only spend one year under incarceration for that offence.

For the assault causing actual bodily harm charge, 6 of the 18 months was suspended.

All his sentences are to run concurrently.

What the court heard happened

The court heard that during the wee hours of September 18, 2016, the man who was a former lover of the complainant, visited her.

The complainant reportedly opened a window and inquired what he wanted.

By the tone of his voice, the complainant suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol, and after a brief conversation, told him to go away, the court heard.

While she was in the process of closing the window, he reportedly pushed his hands through and opened the door and came inside.

The court further heard that she threatened to call the police if he entered her home and she took her phone to do so, but he managed to grab her phone away.

A struggle ensued between the two. He reportedly told her that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her and threatened to stay at the house until he was successful.

During the struggle, which moved from the living room into a spare bedroom and around the house, the complainant sustained a bite mark on her body, and her legs. Her knees and forehead were swollen.

During the ordeal, the man performed unauthorized oral sex on the complainant, the court further heard. 

When the convicted man left the house at 6 am and promised to return at 1 pm, the complainant went to the police station to report the matter.

The man was subsequently arrested and charged with the offences before the court.

Attorney-at-law Carmelita Jameison represented him.

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  1. lol says:

    a biting insect

  2. HMM says:

    WHY PUT NEWS, AND NO NAME, IT MAKE SENSE

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  3. Musa says:

    He is a member of Christian community &she is underage I hope so no name .

  4. ? says:

    He is most likely a local with some clout???…

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  5. Protection for the victim says:

    The media is not allowed to include the name of the accused in an effort to protect the victim of rape. Rape, as you may imagine is a sensitive crime for victims and broadcasting same will quickly narrow down the victim and progress into a difficult emotional struggle.

    • True says:

      Agreed, especially in small communities as these. Victims of these sexual crimes can find themselves victimized twice by evil onlookers who have no control over their mouths or evil hearts. My only question is, why did the courts take so long to sentence this individual?

  6. One eye fowl cock says:

    Turns me on oh my my a vampire

  7. ... says:

    The punishment is too small

  8. Size matters... says:

    Probably determined by the size of his pen-s.

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