The raunchy details surrounding a domestic dispute were played out in court today in a case that resembled a soap opera.
In explaining to the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court why he assaulted his former girlfriend, 38-year-old Adrian Chelston Walrond provided information best suited for the bedroom.
Walrond and former partner Velcia Greaves have ended their 16-year relationship but continue to share a home at Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael.
The accused is the father of two of Greaves’ three children.
The alleged offence was first put into perspective by prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson, who reported that even though the relationship had ended in February this year, the couple still shared the same house because, as Greaves would later reveal, she had nowhere else to live.
Watson told the court that on May 3, 2016 at around 4.15 p.m. the two had a dispute and Walrond took up a large roll of duct tape and rushed towards the complainant.
He said the accused forcefully held Greaves, stuck the duct tape across her mouth, pushed her onto a chair, sat on top of her, put a knife to her neck and ordered her to remain still.
The prosecutor also informed the court that Walrond bound Greaves’ hands together with the duct tape, but when he tried to close a nearby window, the complainant freed herself and escaped and reported the matter to the police.
When asked by Magistrate Frederick if he had anything to say, the accused at first replied, ”nothing sir”. Frederick pressed him about what he intended to do with the knife, to which he responded under his breath: “I took the knife from her.”
After the complainant had her say, the magistrate returned to Walrond to press him even further to reply to accusations of aggression towards Greaves and the children and that she had dropped a previous charge for a similar offence.
He also pressed Walrond about the tape.
“This offence is serious. Why you use the duct tape?” asked Frederick.
His response sent the court into a hush.
“After tape I have sex with her,” the accused whispered.
“I didn’t hear you,” the magistrate said.
“Sex,” the accused said more loudly, but grudgingly. “When we have sex . . . ”
“That is even worse,” the magistrate replied, reminding Walrond that he and Greaves were no longer a couple at the time.
The case was adjourned until June 1st.