A man with a history of violence has been given six months at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds to cool his temper after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend on March 11.
Sancho Bernard Boyce, of Allens Land, Cleavedale, St Michael, had previously denied assaulting Tishon Benskin and was remanded to prison after he was unable to find a surety to secure his bail.
However, this morning Boyce changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
In outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim told the court that the accused was in a relationship with the complainant, which ended because the family did not approve.
On the day in question, Boyce, who was released from prison a year ago after serving ten years for murder, saw the complainant speaking to a man. He grabbed her and demanded to see her cellular phone before pulling a knife from his waist and threatening the complainant.
When asked to explain his actions, Boyce, while expressing remorse, said he never intended for the incident to occur.
“I left home that night with no intention of doing anybody anything, I saw her with a guy and I got angry. The guy seemed as if he had a weapon so I stepped back and showed him that I had a knife in my waist. I tell them, ‘I coming back’, but when I came back they were gone,” Boyce said.
Before handing down the six month sentence, minus time spent on remand, Frederick explained that he had taken into account Boyce’s history and the need to protect the complainant from possible future aggression.
“A man should not be judged by his past, but you still have to take into account your history. You went to prison for killing someone. She took a chance to be with you, but the family disapproved. You should have proven that you were not that type of man, but instead you had a knife in your waist.
“The family was right. She should have listened to her family. She is an idiot. I wish she were here so I could talk some sense into her,” the magistrate said.