He admitted to beating the mother of his two young children, but Jamal Terry Blackman denied he did so because she read a Democratic Labour Party poster.
Blackman, 24, of Colleton, St Lucy, pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today to assaulting Chevianne Pitt-Seale on May 12, 2018.
And while he said he was under the influence of alcohol, Blackman said the incident occurred following an argument about her ex-boyfriend.
Earlier, prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons in giving the facts, said the couple went out to a bus crawl where they both consumed alcoholic beverages.
When it was finished they got a ride to Eagle Hall and decided to walk home from there.
As they approached Carrington Village, the complainant read aloud the slogan from a DLP poster, causing Blackman to get angry.
On reaching home she fell asleep, but was awoken by a blow to the body. When she looked up she saw Blackman over her. At that point, he reportedly began to hit her across her face and choke her.
Her mother heard the commotion and intervened, separating the two. An enraged Blackman then told her, “You are going to dead in here tonight”, before grabbing her throat again.
During that struggle he also bit her above the right eye, the right ear, upper back and right hand.
In offering an apology, Blackman said the commotion started after he questioned her about rumours surrounding her former boyfriend.
He said he had no recollection of her reading a DLP poster.
“I apologize for my actions. I was very upset,” he said.
There was no objection to bail for the first-time offender and the magistrate granted him $3,000 bail. As part of his conditions he has to stay away from the complainant.
“Stay away from the drinks because it obviously impairs your memory and your judgement,” Cuffy-Sargeant told him.
He returns to court on Friday.