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Drama as wife catches husband with other woman

Covering the Courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Sunday, August 25, 2013    

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DRAMA unfolded in the Corporate Area Court last week, after a woman who suspected that her husband was cheating, told the court that she got a vision confirming that he was cheating and caught him with the woman after a voice told her to visit him in Kingston.

The woman, Kimberly Scott, 21, appeared in court alongside Noel Saunders, 44, for assaulting the complainant on the night she obeyed the voice and caught them together in Kingston.

According to the complainant, who lives in Old Harbour, St Catherine, her husband came to Kingston in search of work and got involved with another woman but kept denying that he was cheating.

"I started to see changes in my husband and then I got a vision and I asked him if he was cheating and he said 'no', and I turn to him and say you know that my vision don't lie," the complainant said.

But she said her husband got angry and nearly killed her in front of their children.

"Him buss up me head and mash me up bad," she said.

The complainant, who had the full attention of those in the courtroom, said that sometime later she was at home when a voice spoke to her and told her go to Liguanea in St Andrew, where her husband was staying.

"It was about 10 minutes after 4:00 am, me hear a voice say get up and go straight up there, you going to know the truth," she said.

When she got there, she said she did not want to wake the occupants of the house and stayed outside until morning broke when she saw a man who showed her where her husband was staying.

"When a knock a see him and a girl and a baby, when I see him I drop down, I start crying. Me do everything for this man," she told the court.

Despite all that, the complainant said that she returned home and tried to work things out with her husband, but he returned to Kingston and the situation started to get the best of her.

As a result, the complainant said that she returned to Liguanea with two of her children, which Saunders fathered, and confronted Scott.

While there, she said that she was assaulted by Scott who kicked her and hit her in her back, while her husband pushed her down and held onto her throat.

Saunders, however told the court that he was "fed up" with his wife and wants a divorce as she was disrespectful to him and treats him as if he had never done anything for her, when he took her up with five children and helped care for them.

But Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey cautioned him to be careful about his decision "as the grass is not always greener on the other side".

She told him that he should try to work things out with his wife as it is likely that his relationship with Scott will not last.

Saunders, who was reluctant to work with his wife, half-heartedly agreed to attend counselling sessions.

Pusey then told Scott to move on with her life and to let them try to fix their marriage.

"If he is for you he will come back," she said.

The matter was then scheduled for them to return to court on October 1.

Husband gets prison sentence for burning wife with clothes iron

Another husband also appeared before the court for abusing his wife, but in this case he was imprisoned.

Alphanso Barrette, a 42-year-old farmer, who burned his wife with a clothes iron on one of her breasts and arm during a domestic dispute, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after he showed no remorse.

The Jack's Hill, St Andrew resident was slapped with a custodial sentence on Thursday, despite his lawyer's plea for leniency when they appeared in court before Senior RM Pusey.

Barrett's wife, suffered five per cent burns during the incident which occurred at the couple's home on February 28 last year, the court heard.

But before the sentence was passed, Barrett's lawyer told the court that Barrett was willing to accept the judgment of the court, as he is currently unemployed and has no money to make restitution to his wife, but nonetheless was asking the magistrate to be merciful.

The lawyer asked Pusey to take into account that Barrett had served three months in prison before he was released on bail.

Pusey, however, in handing down the sentence, said that based on Barrett's demeanor and the reports from his wife, indicating that she has been suffering grave domestic abuse, she had no choice but to send him to prison.

"I don't get the impression that he feels he ought to make restitution or is sorry for what he has done," she said.

Additionally, the magistrate pointed out that she did not believe in giving a custodial sentence for the offence, but that Barrett's act warrants a two-year sentence, although she would reduce it considering that he had already served some time.

"Mr Barrett has got to understand that this level of cruelty cannot be tolerated in society and the court has to frown on these sort of things," Pusey said, before Barrett was carted off to prison.

Following the sentence, the complainant told the court that Barrett was threatening her and her family and was advised by the judge to report it to the police.

Man gets six months for driving away woman's car

A man who claimed he was only protecting a car by driving it to the police station ended up with a six-month prison sentence after he was hauled before the court for driving away the car without the owner's consent.

Omar Malcolm, who told the court that he lives on the roof of a church on Mona Road in Kingston, was taken into custody on August 3 after he drove away the complainant's Toyota Corolla motor car and crashed it, damaging the front bumper.

The complainant had parked her car at her gate at Oak Road in Mona, and left it open with the key inside as she was packing items in it to take to the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon.

She was however alerted by screams from her daughter that someone was driving away her car, the court heard further.

Neighbours came to the complainant's assistance and chased the car which collided with another car.

On the arrival of the police, Malcolm was found behind the wheels.

But on Monday when he appeared in court, he said that he had no intention of stealing the car.

Malcolm said that he saw the car with the doors open and it looked ransacked and as a result he felt he should safeguard it by taking it to the police station.

"I was trying to protect it and I was going to drive it to the Matilda's Corner Police Station," he said.

"Protect it from what," Pusey asked. "You see someone's car unattended and you feel you must protect it by driving it away."

"I didn't tek anything from it," Malcolm said in his defence before complaining about being treated badly.

"A bare injustice a reach me, dem put me against bare gay guys and one a dem spit on me, dem beat me and every time dem put me in a bad situation," he said.

Added to that, Malcolm also complained that since he was discharged from the Bellevue Hospital, his family had abandoned him and he has to be living on the roof of a church.

The magistrate, who seemed to have believed his story that he had no intention of stealing the vehicle, rescheduled the matter and instructed an officer to check with his relatives to see if they would accommodate him.

But when the matter was mentioned on Thursday, the police told the court that he was informed by relatives that Malcolm was a troublemaker and that was the reason why his family had put him out of the house.

Pusey after hearing the report then sentenced Malcolm to six months in prison for driving away the woman's car without her permission.

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