She pleaded guilty to damaging two windows and a room-divider belonging to her husband but 60-year-old June Barrett said her aim was not to destroy the property but the “$1,500 teeth” in her husband’s mouth that she had paid for.
The 1A Phillips Road, St Stephens Hill, St Michael resident admitted to damaging Arley Barrett’s belongings on October 15.
Station Sergeant Carrison Henry revealed that the couple had been married for 18 years and the accused recently went on a trip but returned to find the matrimonial home empty. She later found out where her spouse was staying and paid him a visit but found another woman there. Irritated with the situation she damaged the property and left.
However, Mrs. Barrett, a Guyanese, told Magistrate Douglas Frederick her husband sent her home on a “half ticket so I wouldn’t come back . . . and he send me with 20 Bajan dollars.”
She went on to reveal that while there she sold her jewellery including her rings at his request after he informed her that he had nothing to eat. Soon after he stopped calling her and she subsequently received a call from her neighbour in Barbados telling her that her husband had moved out.
With the help of her son she returned to Barbados and “found the house empty. He left me on the street.” She has since been living with a friend but fell ill as a result of an asthma attack and had to be hospitalized in “isolation for 14 days”.
“My husband never come and look for me, never!” she cried, adding “so I went and look for my husband”.
“My husband take all my money that I save . . . all gone . . . left me with nothing . . . when I get to the house he at, a woman tell me that I am not coming in . . . but I went in,” she explained to the magistrate.
However, instead of a warm reception the accused was apparently hoping for she claimed her husband “take a pot spoon and lash me on my leg . . . and in a matter of self defence, I bend down and pick up a stone. So when I pick it up . . . I ain’t see he . . . so I go outside on the road.
“When I see he . . . he laughing and all I could see is me $1,500 Bajan dollar I lend he to put in he teeth . . . and at that time my eyes was so blind all I could see is he teeth and all I wanted to do is to mash in he teeth . . . not the window,” she explained adding that “I gone there and nothing, I so stressed. I stressed so much because my money buy everything.”.
The magistrate then told the accused that although the complainant was her husband she “could not force a man to stay with you if he doesn’t want to . . .”
He then asked that officials from the Family Conflict Unit of the Royal Barbados intervene in the matter in order to have it resolved.
Fredrick also ordered that the accused receive counselling from doctors at the Psychiatric Hospital and a report to be sent to the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court.
The accused who returns to court on November 12 was then granted $1,000 bail with an undertaking from the surety that she will visit the Black Rock institution. In the meantime, she must stay away from the premises where her husband resides.