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A man from Tobago, who chopped his son after an argument during a family gathering, has been placed on a bond.

Geddis Providence, 54, of Bethany, Tobago, was placed on a $10,000 bond to keep the peace for five years as he was sentenced by High Court Judge Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds during a virtual court hearing yesterday.

Ramsumair-Hinds stated that she did not think that a prison term was appropriate based on the circumstances of the case.

She still condemned Providence’s actions as she noted that there are too many incidents of domestic disputes turning violent in the country.

“As a society we need to contain ourselves, we have to participate in conflict management and we need to learn to walk away,” Ramsumair-Hinds said.

She also noted that there appeared to be some healing within Providence’s family, with his daughters attending hearings of the case with him. She said that he had a clean criminal record besides the incident with his son.

She also stated that he had taken steps to address his alcoholism.

Providence appeared to fall asleep in front of the camera as the sentence was being passed and had to be woken up by Ramsumair-Hinds, who informed him he would not face a jail term.

“I am behaving myself and going to church. My sob provoked me,” Providence was heard saying before garthering himself.

According to the evidence in the case, the incident occured in January 2012 at Providence’s home.

He reportedly had an argument with his son Dexter and drew a cutlass.

He fired on blow but Dexter’s aunt alerted him and he managed to block the blow with his forearm.

Providence was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but only agreed to plead guilty when the case came up for trial before Ramsumair-Hinds.

Dexter was killed in an unrelated shooting in 2017.

Providence was represented by Delicia Helwig-Robertson, while Maria Lyons prosecuted.