A man who admitted to using threatening words towards his wife over the weekend, was today told by a magistrate that after “20-something years of marriage” he ought to settle down and change his behaviour.
Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale issued the advice to 58-year-old Milton McClarn Francis who appeared in the Oistins Magistrates Court charged with telling his wife, “I gine kill you. I gine juck this in you belly”.
When the charge was read to him, Francis initially denied it but later changed his plea.
The prosecutor, Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, told the court that whenever the man drinks he becomes verbally abusive and aggressive and that Saturday was one such occasion.
The accused man reportedly came home intoxicated and when asked by his wife to leave the house, he became aggressive. In response, the woman went inside her bedroom, locked the door and called the police.
Today, she told the presiding officer that she was fearful and wanted her husband “warned”.
In response, the husband said they had been having some problems but he loves his wife. He also said he was embarrassed by his actions and wanted to make a change.
Francis also said his wife could be aggressive at times, reporting that on Saturday she began quarrelling as soon as he came home and then came at him with a knife.
“This is the time that you all should be sitting in the verandah together and hugging, in the evening of your years,” Seale told the couple.
As for the man’s drinking habit, Seale urged him to stop doing it.
“You are getting older. Even the boys on the block get older and stop doing what they doing. You ever see an old man on the block?” Seale asked the husband.
“And you know he has his challenges,” Seale told the wife, “help him . . . and stop quarrelling about everything”.
The man was convicted, reprimanded and discharged.