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Man to pay ex-lover $250,000 after repeated physical attacks

Covering The Courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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A Kingston landscaper now has to find $250,000 to pay his ex-lover to avoid imprisonment after the woman told the court that each time he sees her he attacks and beats her, even when she is in the company of her current lover.

Dalton Dawkins appeared in court on Thursday on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm after he attacked the complainant in May and punched her in her eye, damaging two nerves underneath her eye which kept her in hospital for four days.

The complainant told the court that she is tired of the embarrassment and battering and requested compensation of $500,000 after the judge convinced her to accept some compensation for her pain and suffering. However, Dawkins said he could only afford to pay her half of that sum and she accepted.

This was after the 49-year-old resident of Ziadie Gardens in St Andrew pleaded guilty to the charge.

“Everywhere him see mi, him beat mi,” the complainant told the court.

“Before this mi neck did inna brace, and mi finga did inna cast. Mi inna PATH programme office and him just draw mi weh in him vehicle and beat mi,” the woman testified.

“Mi go nine night wid mi boyfriend and him deh right deh a wait fi mi, bout two hours dem seh him deh deh,” the complainant added.

“So where was your boyfriend?” Parish Judge Vaughn Smith asked.

“He was there,” she replied.

“So wah him do?” the judge further asked.

“Him no do nothing,” she answered.

“Every lick him gi mi, mi haffi go doctor,” the woman said.

However, she said people always encouraged her not to report him to the police and asked them to work things out. But this time she decided she was going to report him.

Dawkins then told the court that he was willing to compensate the complainant for her medical bill, but the woman refused.

“Each time mi go hospital him never look pon mi and gimmi mi dolla,” she told the judge.

“But I think him should pay you some money,” Judge Smith then told her.

“What you think is a reasonable amount?” he asked.

“Your Honour, for all the things he has done to me I think he should pay me $500,000,” she said without much delay.

“That sounds good,” the judge responded.

He then turned to Dawkins and said, “Your turn, Mr Dawkins.”

“She is not being entirely truthful that we break apart two years now and that everytime I see her I physically assault her,” the accused man said in his defence.

“But you do agree that this is not the first time,” the judge said.

Dawkins agreed.

“Right now, sending you to prison is looking very tempting,” Judge Smith told Dawkins.

Dawkins was then told by the judge that if he can make a reasonable offer of compensation he might escape imprisonment.

Dawkins responded that he could pay the complainant $250,000 and that he could have the money by next Wednesday. As a result, his bail was extended for him to return to court with the funds on that day.

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