Murder accused Applon Ishmael Ithamar Parris today apologized for publicly embarrassing his wife when he sent out an “obscene” video of her via an electronic device on March 26, the same day he allegedly murdered her lover, Police Constable Shayne Welch.
Favouring his right leg, the 26-year-old, of Taitt’s Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, who was shot in the left leg during a March 27 altercation with police before he was apprehended, limped into the dock of the Oistins Magistrates’ Court this afternoon where he pleaded guilty to using a smartphone to send an electronic communication that was obscene and intended to cause, or was reckless enough to cause, distress to his wife Diana Parris.
According to the prosecutor, Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, the couple had been having problems for the last year and Mrs Parris got involved in an extra-marital relationship with the now deceased Welch.
It was around 5:30 a.m. on March 26 when an angry Parris allegedly broke into Welch’s 106 Kingsland Terrace, Christ Church home and shot a video of his wife naked in bed, which he later sent via his phone to several persons.
That three-and-a-half-minute-long video later went viral on social media.
In it, the husband could be heard loudly stating, “this is my wife here in Welch [expletive] house. Naked as she [expletive] born. Naked, and telling me, ‘oh, she gine out and she gine talk to me when she come home’. Naked as she born. . .”
The husband could also be heard making a number of threats to both the woman, who is also a police officer, and Welch before he allegedly took the 31-year-old policeman’s life.
Today, however, it was a soft-spoken and apologetic Parris who appeared before Magistrate Elwood Watts.
“I apologize for my behaviour. It was done out of frustration and anger. I should have never embarrassed my wife,” Parris said.
However, the magistrate made it clear to the accused that he would have to spend time in prison for his actions against his wife, but given the fact that Parris has no previous criminal convictions, a pre sentencing report would first have to be done on his life.
In terms of the charge of murder, Parris was not required to plead to the capital offence for which he was automatically remanded for 28 days at HMP Dodds.
Welch’s stabbing death, which occurred just outside his home on the morning of March 26, sent relatives, friends and colleagues into an immediate state of shock.
The fatal incident also took members of the public by surprise, with many expressing horror and dismay over the lewd and crude video that was circulating on social media, detailing the apparent love triangle which is believed to have led to Welch’s untimely death.
The accused returns before the Oistins Magistrates’ Court on May 3 on the charge of murder.
Before that he will appear in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court on April 10 to answer a charge of assaulting Acting Station Sergeant Leslie Arthur in order to prevent his lawful arrest at Rock Hall, St Philip on March 27.
Parris is also accused of entering the home of Grethel Payne in St Lucy, as a trespasser and stealing a cellular phone worth $150 belonging to the homeowner sometime between March 26 and 27.
The accused appears in the District ‘E’ Magistrates’ Court on April 12 to answer that charge.