Wendell Nathaniel Goddard was today sentenced to six years in prison for his savage attack on the mother of his two children four years ago.
However, he will only be incarcerated for a further 501 days having already spent 1470 days on remand at HMP Dodds.
Goddard, 42, of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, was handed the sentence by Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius when he re-appeared in Supreme Court No. 5. Goddard had previously pleaded not guilty to wounding Ward with intent, but pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Marva Ward on December 10, 2014.
Goddard and Ward were intimately involved and on the date in question, Ward walked past Goddard’s house with their two children on her way to take them to a friend. He called out for her to wait but she refused and continued on her way.
On her way back, the convicted man asked to speak to her, but she ignored him. He then grabbed onto her hand and proceeded to chop her about her body with a sword. The complainant ran away, but fell. Goddard followed her and began to chop her on her hands and around her head with the sword.
A neighbour who witnessed the incident tried to stop Goddard by throwing stones at him, but he continued his assault.
An off-duty police officer who was in the area came to Ward’s assistance and Goddard walked away and went into his house. He was subsequently held in the area known as Little Japan.
Ward suffered injuries to her head, face and both hands, with the pinkie finger on her left hand being totally severed. She spent six weeks in the hospital recovering and has undergone several extensive, reconstructive surgeries.
It was revealed that Goddard had been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and had previously spent a short time at the Psychiatric Hospital.
While Justice Cornelius said she had settled on a starting point of nine years, she had taken off four years because of the medical condition, the fact that he was not known as a violent offender, and because he posed a low risk of re-offending.
She then added a year because of Goddard’s propensity to use cannabis, but also gave a 10 per cent discount.
Ward, who was also present, showed no emotion when the sentencing was handed down.
While the convicted man’s attorney-at-law Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim had suggested that the time served be seen as sufficient, the judge said a custodial sentence was merited.
Justice Cornelius said the aggravating factors were that he used a dangerous weapon, taunted the complainant and made good on his threats. Furthermore, the attack was extremely violent and unrelenting and the complainant’s injuries were extremely severe.
However, she accepted that Goddard had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had expressed remorse.
She also ordered him to undergo drug treatment while in prison.