Woman beater freed

Abuser apologises, pays $10,000 compensation

Observer staff reporter

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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A man who went on the run in 2015 after he dragged his ex-girlfriend into a room, then punched and kicked her when she refused his demands for sex, walked from the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court a free man on Tuesday.

Twenty-four-year-old Raven George of Balmagie Avenue in St Andrew, who recently surrendered to the police, was freed after he apologised to the complainant and gave her $10,000 in compensation for her medical bill.

George had initially pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm when he appeared before Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks on Tuesday and a trial date was being set for today in the fast-track court.

But before the issue of the trial date was finalised, the judge asked the complainant if she would be willing to accept compensation for her medical bill and George said he had come prepared with $10,000 to pay her.

The complainant, who was then asked if she wanted to go to trial or if she would accept the compensation and an apology, agreed to the latter. George then apologised to her and gave her the money although she indicated that she had only spent about $1,500.

According to the prosecutor, George locked the complainant inside a room, tore off her clothes, slapped her in her face, punched her on her chin, and kicked her, after she refused to have sex with him.

The court also heard that George pulled a ratchet knife, and poked the complainant on her hand and leg and also used the knife to hit her in her head.

The complainant was released after someone heard her screaming and intervened, but the court heard that George, after opening the door, got angry and slapped her in the face again.

The incident occurred in Waterhouse, where the complainant had gone to visit a female friend.

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