Vincentian Randy Butler has been sentenced to 10 months at Her Majesty’s Prison for battering his lover and destroying her cellular phone after she reportedly gave him ‘the cold shoulder’ at a party.
He was sentenced to seven months for the offence of assault causing actual bodily harm and another four months for criminal damage.
The sentences are to run concurrently which effectively means, he will spend no more than seven months behind bars.
In handing down his sentence, Magistrate DaBreo said the seriousness of the offence and his lack of remorse were factors that aggravated the offence.
On the other hand, she considered his early guilty plea and no previous convictions as mitigating factors.
“I believe a sentence of imprisonment is warranted,” she said.
Butler was also ordered to pay the victim $205.99 compensation for the cellular phone. He will spend an additional 30 days in prison if he fails to pay.
Additionally, Butler was ordered to pay another $1,494.87 in compensation for the victim’s hospital fees. If he fails to compensate her, he will spend two months at the adult penitentiary.
All the sentences for compensation are to run consecutively or one after the other. His term of imprisonment will take effect from September 16 — the date he was first remanded.
What the court heard happened
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.
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.