A Christ Church man who unleashed a severe beating on a woman who was standing at a bus stop, says he was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time.
Delano Tyrone Taylor of No. 3, Carvette Apartments, Maxwell, pleaded guilty Friday before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court to assaulting Dawn Primus and occasioning her actual bodily harm on July 27, 2017.
Taylor also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis on the same date.
In outlining the facts of the case, Sergeant Martin Rock told the court that on the day in question the complainant was standing at the bus stop when the accused, who was not known to Primus, approached her claiming that she was blocking his path and demanding that she moves.
Taylor then proceeded to punch the complainant in the face and about her body until some men, who witnessed the incident, intervened.
Asked by the magistrate to explain his actions Friday, Taylor told the court that he was operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“Sir, I won’t look to justify this. I had a back problem and the medication I was taking was not helping, so I decided to drink some alcohol and smoke to see if that would help. I must have drunk too much and I blacked out and attacked somebody. I was not aware of what I was doing sir,” he said.
However, not swayed by Taylor’s explanation, Frederick told the accused man that his first impulse was to send him to prison for a long time.
“It is clear to me that you need some rest, so I would give you some. My mind is to send you up [to prison] for a long time. You playing you are a bad man, a drunk man does go and lie down and sleep. You are a very lucky person. You know the amount of men in here saying, ‘if only that was my sister?’ You are very lucky,” Frederick said before remanding Taylor to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds until August 25, 2017.