A fish vendor from St Thomas must undergo anger management classes and keep the peace for the next 12 months.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick imposed the sentence on 33-year-old Matthew Dacosta Thompson of Hopewell this afternoon, after he admitted to telling Stacia Callendar, “I would juck my knife in de top of ya head.”
According to the facts read by police prosecutor Neville Watson, Thompson and Callender were involved in a relationship, which ended on September 8 this year.
However, while Callender was at stall No. 7 at the Cheapside Fishing Complex on September 13, Thompson approached her trying to engage in a conversation, but she refused and walked away. This prompted Thompson to issue the threatening words, and, fearing for her life, the woman reported the matter to police.
Asked to explain his behaviour, Thompson said: “I was just trying to communicate with her that’s all.
“I went to her neutral asking for five minutes and she want to talk in front of everybody,” he told the court.
As Frederick looked over Thompson’s conviction record, he told him: “It shows here that you have an anger problem . . . wounding someone in 2006 . . . bodily harm in 2011 . . . and you came back here for the same thing, you have a history of this thing”.
When Callendar took to the witness stand she told the court, “The relationship is over . . . . He broadcast things about my mother, my child on Facebook and Whatsapp. I fear for my life.”
Thompson issued an apology to Callendar after she explained to the No. 1 Court what she had been through during the course of their 11-month relationship. She did not reply to him.
The accused man was placed on a bond to keep the peace for a year. If breached, he will spend six months in jail. He was also warned to stay away from Callendar.
Thompson is scheduled to return to court on September 20 when he will meet with a probation officer to discuss the anger management course he will undergo.