What started out as an innocent dance with a woman at a fete, landed a prospective rabbit and chicken farmer before the law courts today. Nicholas Larrier, 25, of Lot 101 Nautilus Close, Manderley Gardens, Kirtons, St Philip, is accused of assaulting Kerry Ann Browne of Edghill, St Thomas, causing her actual bodily harm and throwing stones across a highway.
After pleading guilty to both charges, the facts of the incident were revealed to the court by the prosecution.
The court was told that Browne was at the Port View Bar of the Bridgetown Port Sports Complex yesterday when she was approached by Larrier for a dance. The court was told that the accused got to dance with the woman but as they moved across the floor, Larrier slapped the complainant on her buttocks, an action she objected to.
The facts also revealed that the accused appeared annoyed and kicked the woman in an area of her body which the police prosecution declined to disclose. The woman then ran outside to the nearby car park with the accused in hot pursuit. It was then, the court heard, that he started throwing stones at the woman. She reported the matter to police and he was charged with the offences.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered the first-time offender to pay $450 in compensation to the victim forthwith or spend two months in jail on the assault charge. For stone-throwing charge, he was placed on a bond for one year. If he breaches that bond, Larrier will have to pay a fine of $1,500 with an alternative of four months behind bars.