A man from Cunupia has admitted to assaulting his former common-law wife after she refused to have sex with him.
The man, whose name was withheld to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a virtual hearing before Magistrate Nikolas Ali, yesterday morning.
According to the summary of evidence in the case, which was read out after Ali accepted the man’s guilty plea, the incident occurred at his home, which he shared with the victim before the incident, around 2 am on March 16.
The man reportedly woke up the victim and asked her to have sex with him. The victim told him she was not in the mood and asked him to leave her alone. There was an argument, during which the man grabbed her by her arms and threw her off the bed. The victim hit a wall and lost one of her teeth. She sought medical attention and made a report to the Central Gender-Based Violence Unit.
On August 23, investigators went to the man’s home with the victim and she identified him as her attacker. The officers interviewed the man several days later.
He was eventually arrested and charged with the offence on Sunday.
After the facts in the case were read, the man’s lawyer Bhimal Maharajh sought to give context for the incident to mitigate his client’s potential sentence. Maharajh claimed that the argument started after his client threatened to end the relationship.
“Sometimes the end of a relationship may be a hard pill for an individual to swallow,” Maharajh said.
He claimed that his client was remorseful for his actions and just wanted to end the relationship. During the hearing, Magistrate Ali gave the victim an opportunity to make comments to be considered in setting the man’s sentence.
The victim said all she wanted was compensation to have “her teeth fixed.”
While both the magistrate and Maharajh admitted that the suggestion was reasonable, they noted that she would have to provide an invoice for the court to consider.
Ali adjourned the case to this morning for the victim to provide the invoice.