The Sherbourne, St John resident is charged with using threatening words to Claudina Gumbs, by telling her that she was not going to survive until Saturday and he was going to cut out her vagina and make her eat it.
Prosecuting, acting Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he was objecting to bail because all of Seales’ six antecedents relate to the woman and involved violence, with five of them occurring in 2014.
Watson added that the allegation was serious, the protection of society was important and the complainant was “part of that” society.
Attorney-at-law Marlon Gordon also addressed the court. He said he was there on behalf of the complainant and even though he did not want to influence the court, he wanted it to take note that the woman has a “very serious fear” of Seales.
In his response to the prosecutor’s objections, the 31-year-accused said he had taken the previously given advice of Magistrate Christopher Birch and, since leaving jail 15 months ago, had “not gone around that woman”.
He also said that even though he had changed his residence, he still saw the woman in his neighbourhood every day. Seale told the court that he was at work at the time of the alleged incident and when he heard police were seeking him, he went to them.
He also said he called the police on several occasions about the woman’s presence in his neighbourhood.
“So how could a woman that frighten for me left where she live and come near where I live?” he asked.
After hearing the submissions from all parties, Magistrate Frederick said he would taking the precaution of remanding the linesman, so that if the matter escalated, it could not be said that he released Seales today (Friday) when the threat was allegedly to take place by Saturday.
Magistrate Frederick said he wanted to see the complainant so he could determine her level of concern and whether what the accused was saying had merit. She was not on the court compound.
The magistrate gave Seales a one-week remand as opposed to the normal 28 days.
“I can’t believe this happening to me again,” Seales said repeatedly from his bench in the courtroom. He returns to court on June 12.