Man hits woman in face with 2-litre bottle, sentenced to 9 months hard labour

Man hits woman in face with 2-litre bottle, sentenced to 9 months hard labour

Two men were arrested this past week after pleading guilty to assaulting women in separate incidents.

In the first instance, a victim reported that she was at home with her common-law husband on Thursday, August, 13 when an argument ensued between the two.

The man became annoyed and dealt the victim a blow to the left side of her face with a two-litre bottle.

He then pointed a knife at her and threatened to kill her.

A report was made by the victim and officers of the GBVU, South Western Division responded.

The man was arrested after being identified while walking along the roadway as officers proceeded to the La Brea Police Station with the victim.

Keith Branker, 27, a labourer from Rousillac, was charged for common assault and breach of a Protection Order.

The Protection Order had been obtained by the victim against the accused on March 21, 2018, at the Point Fortin Magistrates’ Court and is valid for three (3) years.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar at the Point Fortin Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charges.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to nine months’ hard labour on each charge, to be served consecutively.

Meanwhile, O’Neil Todd, 24, of La Brea, was charged for the offence of assault by beating on Wednesday, August 12.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, August 11 when the accused arrived at the home he shared with the victim in a drunken state.

He became annoyed and dealt the victim several blows about the body with his fist after she asked him to bathe.

A report was made and officers of the La Brea Police Station responded and the suspect was arrested.

The victim sought medical attention at the Point Fortin Area Hospital and was then referred to San Fernando General Hospital where she was medically examined and discharged.

The matter was referred to the South Western Division, Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) based at the La Brea Police Station.

He appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar at the Siparia Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the offence.

He was sentenced to 120 days’ hard labour.

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