Jamaican charged with hitting wife
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A magistrate yesterday said the court had to be wary of crimes of passion, before imposing several bail conditions against a man charged with assaulting his wife.
San Fernando Magistrate Margaret Alert placed three conditions against Jamaican Courtney Williams, who pleaded not guilty to unlawfully assaulting Michelle George, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
It is alleged that Williams struck George in the face while they were at St Margaret's Junction, Claxton Bay on Monday. The prosecution said a medical report stated that George sustained mild injuries.
Defence attorney Azeem Mohammed said he did not believe Williams posed a threat to the alleged victim. But police prosecutor Sgt Denzil Alexander said, out of caution, conditions should be implemented.
As she considered bail, Alert said that, in her experience, she needed to be wary when dealing with crimes of passion.
Alert said that cases of armed robbery could have less potential dangers than crimes where the victim and the accused were in a relationship."At the end of the day, passion triggers a particular response," the magistrate said.
Alexander made no objection to Williams being placed on bail, but asked that Williams stay away from George and also move out of the home they shared. He also said the defendant should be made to report to the nearest police station.
Mohammed said that Williams, 36, who was in the country legally, was willing to stay with a friend. In his application for bail, he said that Williams had no previous or pending matters before the court.
Alert placed Williams on $15,000 own bail and told him he is to stay at a new address and have no communication with George until the matter has concluded. She also told him that he is to report to St Margaret's Police Station every Monday.
The trial is expected to begin on November 18.