A St Vincent and the Grenadines native was not granted bail after he destroyed a cellular phone and assaulted his lover who reportedly gave him ‘the cold shoulder’ last Friday.
Charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage is 43-year-old Randy Butler.
Butler pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Thursday.
The court heard that the couple who are both natives of St Vincent and the Grenadines was introduced through a mutual friend.
Butler resided at Long Trench on Tortola while the 30-year-old female lived in her country at the time and used social media and WhatsApp to communicate.
Roughly two to three weeks later, the offender purchased an airline ticket for the woman to travel to the territory. She arrived on August 4.
When she arrived, she reportedly spent four nights at the offender’s Long Trench home.
However, the couple got into a misunderstanding, and the woman in question moved out and went to live with a friend.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on the night of September 13, Butler and the complainant crossed paths at a party in Old Plantation on Tortola.
He reportedly tried to speak to her. However, the woman was not interested in having a conversation with him, the court heard.
The offender reportedly responded by grabbing her cellular phone and throwing it into a wall which caused it to shatter.
He reportedly told her, “I want my money for the ticket that I bought you,” and allegedly made threats to end her life. the court heard.
Butler’s actions caused a disturbance so he was thrown from the party.
The court heard that then Butler hoisted a rock and pelted it at her which caught her on the side of her head.
The complainant was later taken to the hospital where she was treated for a laceration to the head and soft tissue swelling to the area.
She reportedly incurred a bill of $1,494.87 at the medical facility.
The unrepresented mason worker is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.
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