A St John man who admitted to assaulting his former girlfriend has been put on $4 000 bail.
Kerwin Ashley Arthur, 47, from Society, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to assaulting Patrina Edwards on December 2, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
The prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill told the court that Arthur and Edwards had been in a relationship which ended in October.
On the day in question, Edwards allegedly invited Arthur to her residence to discuss a matter involving a third person. It was during the conversation that Arthur became angry and choked Edwards.
The prosecutor went on to explain that Arthur was holding a knife to the complainant’s throat and was threatening to kill her if she continued to talk to the third person.
The two began to struggle, which resulted in Edwards receiving lacerations to some of the fingers on her right hand. She subsequently escaped, ran out of the house, and reported the matter to the police.
Addressing the court, a visibly emotional Arthur said he told his ex-girlfriend that they should go and “get tested because of all the rumours I was hearing”.
“She tell me if I catch something I
deserved it. For the eight years we together, all I wanted to do is get tested,” the first-time offender explained. “I am sorry for what happened.”
The magistrate then adjourned the matter to Friday, after granting Arthur bail with one surety and ordering him to stay “far away as
you possibly can from Ms Edwards.”
The complainant is scheduled to appear in the No.2 Criminal Court on the same date.