An assault victim is expected to appear in a Bridgetown court on July 13 to give her version of what occurred on the day she was attacked.
This after Fernando Orlando Holder, of #13 Applegrove, Black Rock, St Michael admitted in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded her.
According to police prosecutor Station Sergeant Janice Ifill, Holder and Joy Downes, who were in a relationship, got into a verbal altercation on May 12. The quarrel saw Downes packing some of her belongings and leaving the residence. She headed towards the roadside to get a bus, but Holder followed her and beat her about the body.
Police who were patrolling the area at the time went to Downes’ assistance. However, she subsequently decided to head back to the house to get the remainder of her belongings. Holder also went there and hit her on the forehead, this time with a frying pan, injuring her. Other people in the area, as well as the police, went to Downes’ assistance and she was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was treated before being discharged.
Holder was taken into custody and charged.
Addressing Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today, Holder admitted that he had been drinking alcohol that day.
However, he told the court that Downes, who “don’t live at me”, struck him on his eye and he retaliated by hitting her.
“I am guilty because I am wrong to hit her. I took up the frying pan and [struck] her, but not as hard as I could,” Holder told the magistrate.
The magistrate then decided that Downes should make an appearance in court to tell her side of the story.
In the meantime, Holder will be out on $7,000 bail which he secured with one surety. He has been warned to stay away from Downes and report to the Black Rock Police Station every Thursday before noon with valid identification.