On a previous court appearance, Kedar Ondre Holloway denied unlawfully assaulting Shontelle Farrell last December 2015.
However, when he returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, the Block 2D Sunnyside Court, Deacons Farm, St. Michael youth changed his plea and admitted grabbing the complainant by her wrist.
Station Sergeant Neville Watson explained that Holloway and Farrell were formerly a couple and have a two-year-old child together.
On the date, Farrell and the child were walking along Deacons Road when she saw Holloway. He spoke to his daughter and then Farrell walked on with her.
As they reached the entrance of the Grace Bible Church compound, Holloway crossed the woman’s path and grabbed on to her wrist.
“You play that you got nuff talk when you ‘round people but not when you in front of me,” he told the woman.
Farrell asked him to let go of her hand but he squeezed it instead, applying more pressure as he spoke.
Holloway also told his ex-girlfriend that he “ain’t frighten fuh nobody…I would hit you in front o’ all o’ dese people out he’e…So you could run to the police ‘cause dah is what yuh like to do.”
When Holloway finally released the woman’s hand, she reported the matter to police.
Speaking to the court today, the convicted man said he had been encountering difficulty seeing his daughter and even though he and Farrell were supposed to come to some agreement on shared custody, it never materialized.
The father added that he was accustomed to having his daughter “every day” but that was curtailed and he misses her.
“Tell the truth, Sir, I was angry,” he told Magistrate Douglas Frederick, because when he tried to speak to the mother, he got no response.
“If you have a child from a lady, she can’t stop you from seeing your child…that is the law. But the law
is also that you cannot beat the woman or hold on to her hand,” Frederick advised.
He further advised Holloway that if he had an interest in seeing the child, he should look into his rights either through the court or the Child Care Board, rather than take matters into his own hands.
“The law gives you rights, duties and responsibilities as well,” Frederick concluded.
Taking the guilty plea into consideration, the magistrate sentenced Holloway to three months in prison.