Man before court for assaulting wife, damaging plates

A St James man, who is accused of assaulting his wife and damaging her plates, was given a new court date after mediation failed.

Vincent Kerr appeared before the St James Parish Court on Wednesday, charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property.

The court heard that on February 27, the couple was at home when they got into an argument.

During the dispute, Kerr allegedly grabbed the complainant by her blouse and dragged her out of the house, causing her to bang her head against the metal grille and injuring one of her feet.

Kerr is also accused of kicking two boxes of plates belonging to the complainant, causing damage to them.

The matter was adjourned momentarily to allow the couple to participate in a mediation session with a probation officer who was present in court.

When the case was revisited, the court was informed that mediation had failed.

The complainant, who entered the courtroom hopping on one foot, informed the court that she had no further interest in mediation or restorative justice.

In light of the failed mediation, presiding parish judge Sasha Smith-Ashley set the case for mention on May 1 and extended Kerr’s bail.

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