“She is entitled to associate with whomever she wants to associate with,” Magistrate Douglas Frederick told a Christ Church man who confessed to beating his ex-girlfriend earlier today.
Kofi Roosevelt Greaves, a 36-year-old Kingsland Terrace resident, admitted assaulting his former fiancée last month and damaging a pair of shades belonging to her.
Greaves was ordered to pay $300 compensation by July 8 with an alternative of a week in prison. He was also placed on a six-month bond to keep the peace. A breach of the bond will mean a month in prison for the first time offender.
The District ‘A’ Magistrates Court heard that Greaves and the woman were involved in a longstanding relationship which ended last year. She subsequently made several reports to police of him harassing her or showing up at her home unannounced.
This morning, Greaves saw when the woman got out of a car at Sergeant’s Village, Christ Church. He questioned her about the driver of the car before hitting her and knocking off her sunglasses, damaging them.
A passerby dropped the woman to Oistins Police Station where she reported the matter. Greaves turned up there later and was charged with the offences.
Questioned about his behaviour, Greaves told the Magistrate that his behaviour this morning was uncharacteristic but he got angry after he realized the driver of the vehicle “was the same man who shoot me in my foot last year”.
During the time he was speaking with his ex, Greaves said she called him an idiot and “I lost my cool”. While this was going on, the other man drove off, he added.
Greaves said he never stalked the woman and the shooting matter was already in court.
“Why would you go and confront a man who, according to you, already shoot you? You ain’t frighten that he shoot you again?” Magistrate Frederick asked.
He added: “There is already too much violence out there. You like you can’t take a done [a break-up] .”
Addressing the court, the complainant Vanessa Elibox said she spent $80 at the doctor.
Magistrate Frederick then ordered Greaves to pay $300 in compensation by July 8, or be jailed for a week. No conviction will be recorded once the money is paid.