Man beats girlfriend after seeing explicit photo

June 17, 2022

A 42-year-old man chased and beat his girlfriend all over her body after seeing explicit photographs in her phone.

The man, whose identity is being withheld to protect the identity of the woman, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm before Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

It was reported that, on May 27, the man and the complainant were sleeping when he awoke her at 2 a.m., and accused her of being unfaithful. She left the room and, when she returned, he demanded to search her cell phone. She entered the password, giving him access to the phone. The court heard that, while searching the device, he saw a photograph of the complainant which she sent to someone else. He insisted the complainant should call the recipient and inform them that their relationship with the complainant was now at an end. Reports indicate that he then slapped the complainant in the side of her face and punched her in her head. The complainant indicated that she was able to run to her daughter's house nearby, when he chased her and dragged her back to their home where he continued to assault her by hitting her all over her body. He also threatened to push a machete through her heart and punch her.

Cole-Montaque imposed a bail condition, ordering the defendant to report to the police twice weekly. He was also made the subject of a fingerprint order. A subpoena was issued for the complainant, as well as the investigating officer, to attend court on the next occasion. The man is to return to court on June 27, when it is expected that he will be sentenced.

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