He gave his ex-girlfriend a $615 cellular phone but stole it after he realized that she was seeing someone else.
And Corey Antonio Rowe, of Long Gap, Grazettes, St Michael not only owned up to that theft charge but also to assaulting Leandra Glasgow on December 24 occasioning her actual bodily harm.
The two were in a two-year relationship which recently ended because of emotional and physical issues, according to Station Sergeant Carrison Henry.
The prosecutor said Rowe accused Glasgow of having a relationship with another man after he saw “ her get a drop”. An argument followed when he confronted her and during that time she slapped Rowe and he retaliated.
She sustained soft tissue injury; a laceration to the lip and the matter was reported to police.
In his defence Rowe told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that Glasgow’s house was burglarized sometime before and her phone that she uses for business was stolen.
“So I got her a phone [but] found out that she was seeing the guy . . . I told her she should not do that and I went back and asked her for it. She slapped me in the face . . . I slapped her back
. . . and we fought . . . and I took back the phone. I know it was wrong but . . .,” Rowe said.
The magistrate then chastised Rowe telling him: “ When you give something you don’t take it back.” A restitution order was also granted for Glasgow to receive the device from the police.
In addressing the court Glasgow made it clear “the relationship is over” and asked that her ex-boyfriend stay away from her “forever”.
However, the magistrate ordered that Rowe stay away from Glasgow for the next nine months. If he breaches that bond he will spend three months in prison. Rowe must also compensate his former girlfriend $500 by tomorrow or he faces two weeks at Dodds.
No conviction will be recorded against to the first-time offender if he adheres to the court’s orders.