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VG man sent to Partnership for Peace after attacking pregnant wife

A man accused of punching his wife who was at full-term pregnancy has been ordered to enrol in the territory’s Partnership for Peace Programme which seeks to utilise restorative justice practices to tackle domestic violence issues.

The 45-year-old Handsome Bay resident — whose name our news centre has opted not to publish to protect the victim’s identity — pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The court was told the incident occurred on November 28 last year at the apartment the couple shared in Virgin Gorda. It is reported that the offender had visited a friend and returned home visibly drunk. His wife of two-years at the time was upset and his efforts to placate her proved futile.

The court was told that the offender got upset his efforts were not enough and attacked his wife who was 38 weeks pregnant. A tussle ensued.

The defendant is said to have hit his wife continuously in the face. The court was also told that at some point during the fight, the wife slipped and she felt a sharp pain in her stomach and thigh area. The husband continued to slap her in the face and when she managed to escape, he threw a kettle at her which missed.

The court was told the offender’s wife left the apartment to quell the altercation. He reportedly made after her again and his cousin who lived downstairs intervened and stopped the altercation from escalating any further.

The court was told the wife did not want to pursue the matter against her husband as she said he was never abusive to her or their infant child at the time.

She noted his level of intoxication may have played a role in the attack. The offender told the court he was drunk as he had spent the entire day in the Valley drinking with his friend. He also indicated he was still living with his wife and their children in Virgin Gorda.

Another case of domestic abuse

That drunken abuser is one of two men the court ordered in the Partnership Programme yesterday. The other man is a 32-year old government mechanic who also pleaded guilty for beating his common-law partner in front of their children.

That woman received soft tissue injuries to her forehead and jaw. She also sustained injuries to her ear as she was punched there as well. The assault is said to have stemmed from an argument the couple had about whether she planned on moving out of the apartment they shared in Baughers Bay.

Both cases were adjourned until March 24, 2022 when the offenders will return for a report on their progress in the Partnership for Peace Programme. The court will then make a decision on sentencing based on the recommendations from the programme’s coordinator.

In the meantime, the mechanic was granted bail in the sum of $15,000 while the other man was granted $20,000 bail.

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  1. Wow says:

    Yeah so she blame the rum and not her man…..yeah, she seems very smart

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  2. Cowards says:

    These coward men. Why they dont pick fights with men who would bust their ass?

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    • hush up man says:

      the news say when she geh vex and start harass he he try to hold it down buh da ain work she still wan ring ring ring in he head…. if she ain wan shut up he shut it for her tho…. when she start fight she didnt remember she was breed??? she pose to be in her bed sleeping

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      • @hush up man says:

        you sound like a woman beater

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        • sean connery says:

          I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman- although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man. An open-handed slap is justified if all other alternatives fail.

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    • Orrrrr says:

      With women who knows their self worth and would not tolerate such degradation and physical abuse by these cannibals.

  3. VI Gyal says:

    You all do not want to name the name because to protect identity.. This happened to me years ago and the name were named. My situation was not even as bad, but I guess because of who it was. This whole partner for peace programme works for then and not future. They do not change. Wish you ladies all the best.

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  4. Born here says:

    If it was my Island RAM they would of throwed away the key to cell

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  5. smh says:

    this is one place woman love to fall for stupid men and leave all the good men behind.. maybe the gold chains does blind them.. set ah idots.. i stop feel sorry for them..

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    • Oh Well says:

      Most women would not feel comfortable going to Johnson’s Ghut or Sea Cow’s Bay to look for a GOOD man. Those are two of the places to find a dead man – sorry I mean a GOOD man.

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  6. @smh says:

    Sounds like your heart has been broken before.

    Sorry, that happened to you but, all women are not the same.

    Hope she will see the light at the end of the tunnel and leave him behind.

    The grass is always greener on the other side.

  7. @ SEAN CONNERY says:

    REALLY? and when you do it to the wrong chiCK , who mat have the same mentality and respond likewise with SOMETHING in their hand while you are sleeping ( R I P )

  8. Suggest says:

    Male human species such as these, more than likely,were raised and trained to practice domestic violence by their mothers and/ or female caretakers.,
    Culture and observation of women with no self esteem,their expectations and tolerance for such ” love”.
    In this day and age where womenhave jobs outside of home and takes care of their household needs,no need to perpetuate this generational cultural crime.Seek serious psychological help if in such a relationship and sincerely desire to leave and change your mindset.

  9. Resident says:

    It’s a shame that some men would revert to hitting women. Imagine these men have mothers, sisters and daughters. It’s a utter shame. Some of them are cheating and want to beat you when you talk. A lot of these well dressed men walking around looking so put together are abusers. That same hospital has some cheating abusive men but it’s big secret or so they think.

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