Pleas for leniency were not enough to save a 38-year-old St Michael resident from going to prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the mother of his children.
Andrew Reron Holder, of Ocean View, Bush Hall, admitted to assaulting Shanica Straughan and occasioning her actual bodily harm on the May 23, 2018.
Holder, who was on remand for the offence, changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this morning.
In outlining the facts of the case, Prosecutor Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds told the court that on the day in question the complainant got a ride home from work with a male friend. She was subsequently confronted by Holder who accused her of leaving him for another man.
The accused then followed the complainant home, took a cutlass from his waist and proceeded to slap her with the flat side of the weapon. He also pelted stones at her, prompting neighbours to rush to her rescue.
“I am very sorry from the bottom of my heart. I had no intention of killing her, I just wanted to hit her,” Holder said when asked to account for his actions.
He also begged the magistrate to consider his young children. However, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.