PORT OF SPAIN –– A man who attacked his ex-wife and her boyfriend when he caught them making love at his former home was ordered by a magistrate on Thursday to pay $10,000 compensation to the boyfriend for his troubles.
The ex-wife however declined to accept money from Patrick Joseph, who will have to pay a $3,000 fine to the State for maliciously wounding the woman and maliciously damaging the boyfriend’s vehicle.
Joseph, an auto repairman, was given 120 days to pay the money or go to jail.
On Wednesday, Joseph, 49, pleaded guilty to the offences of malicious wounding and malicious damage when he appeared before Magistrate Brahmanand Dubay in the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that at around 9.30 p.m. on Monday, Joseph went to the home of his ex-wife.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said that when Joseph observed the couple, he grabbed a cutlass.
Joseph hit his ex-wife, with whom he had a relationship for 22 years, several times with the flat side of the cutlass.
He also chopped a Ford Ranger owned by the boyfriend causing damage to the value of $10,975.
A report was made to the Marabella Police Station and PC Ascevero responded. They arrested and charged Joseph with the offences.
The ex-wife told the court on Thursday that she and Joseph were separated, but he stayed in the house for one night every two weeks for the sake of their 14 year old daughter.
Joseph’s attorney, Ainsley Lucky, said that his client had no previous convictions, and the incident arose out of sexual infidelity.
Dubay said however that he believed the ex-wife’s testimony that the couple had broken up.
The magistrate said he took into consideration that Joseph went to the Marabella police station and told police what he had done, and that he pleaded guilty to the offence on his first appearance in court.
“Don’t let this happen again”, Dubay warned the defendant. “If alyuh done, move on”.
Joseph was given 120 days to pay $10,000 to the boyfriend, or serve four months in jail.
He was also given the same amount of time to pay a $2,000 fine for wounding of the woman and $1,000 fine for malicious damage of the man’s vehicle.
In default he would serve 18 months in prison.