43-year-old Ossie James, of Oropune Gardens, Piarco, was sentenced to 36 months (3 years) in jail on Monday, after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. (Image: TTPS)

A 43-year-old man was sentenced to 36 months (3 years) in jail on Monday, after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

OSSIE JAMES, of Oropune Gardens, Piarco, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Cheron Raphael via a Virtual Hearing at the Arima Magistrates’ Court.

An official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports that the court heard that around 5:30 am on Saturday 18th July 2020, the victim was at her home when the accused came home intoxicated. She asked him to leave, but he reportedly was displeased with her request and refused to.

According to the TTPS release, James reportedly went into the kitchen where he placed a pot of water to boil on the stove. He returned to the living room where an argument ensued with the victim.

At about 6:15 am, the woman was sitting on a single couch in the living room with her back turned to the kitchen when the accused got up and went back into the kitchen. The accused then returned to the living room with the pot of hot boiling water and proceeded to pour the hot water over the woman’s body.

The woman jumped up and ran to a neighbour’s home where she sought assistance.

The accused then left the premises.

The woman was rushed to the Arima Health Facility and where it was determined she had suffered second-degree burns to her face and body.

A report was made to the Arouca Police Station on the same date. PC Alfred and a party of officers of the Arouca Police Station proceeded to the Arima Health Facility where they spoke to the woman and recorded an official report.

The report was referred to the Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) Northern Division, where WPC Pamponette immediately launched an investigation.

The TTPS release says a search was mounted for the suspect, who reportedly had gone into hiding.

WPC Pamponette obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused Ossie James for the offence of Inflicting Grievous bodily.

On Sunday 2nd August 2020, at 6:01 pm the accused Ossie James was arrested at the Maloney Police Station by WPC Pamponette.