This country’s men must learn to temper their egos and anger with “some humility”.
High Court judge Justice Carlisle Greaves gave the advice today as he spoke candidly with a young man who he sentenced to time served.
Stefano Ramon Henderson Ingram, of Montrose, Christ Church had been on remand at Dodds for just over four months after he was found guilty late last year by a unanimous verdict for assault and wrongful confinement of a female on November 16, 2017.
“The physical assault of women is a serious matter and these courts are duty-bound to treat them seriously. You, like many of our men, must learn to temper your egos and your anger with some humility.
“Sometimes even when you are tempted by our female sisters you must resist at all times with reacting by physical abuse. There is hardly any excuse, I think, that a man can give for the beating up of the women of our society,” Justice Greaves told Ingram during a virtual sitting of the No. 3 Supreme Court.
The judge told the convicted man who said “I am sorry for this entire happening” that he was wrong for what he did and “the jury rightly found you guilty, unanimously”.
He added, “The complainant, in this case, no doubt suffered both physically and emotionally having to deal with the knowledge that she had been beaten up. It is an assault on her pride as well.”
Greaves told Ingram that he must have learnt a lesson as by his actions he too would have suffered.
“It is likely that you would have lost your public service job . . . and your record is now tarnished with a conviction that will haunt you in the future. It is unfortunate that you found yourself in jail at a time when there is a COVID outbreak of which you fell a victim. All of these events must have driven home to you, what is meant by the Bajan proverb – ‘trouble doesn’t set up like rain’.
“By your ego and anger, you are exposed to the judicial system,” the judge added
He then told Ingram, who was to be released from HMP Dodds today, that his anger issues needed to be addressed and ordered that he serve a year’s probation. During that time Ingram must attend anger management and counselling programmes as directed and approved by a probation officer.