UPDATE: Woman beater caught on video pleads guilty
Screengrab of a video showing a man beating a woman before fleeing.

A man who is seen brutally beating a woman in a viral video was remanded in custody Friday after pleading guilty to assault.

Jovan Stephenson, a 32-year-old graphic designer of Kingston addresses, entered the plea when he appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Stephenson was held in the Charles Street area of downtown Kingston on Friday morning.

READ: Man caught on video viciously beating woman held by police

He had reportedly been eluding police since a manhunt was launched to apprehend him after a video allegedly showed him viciously beating a woman in Half Way Tree, St Andrew on Wednesday.

In the 18-second video, a man is seen stomping on a woman lying on the ground. The man repeatedly yells expletives at the crying woman before making his escape.

After the man flees, onlookers are heard questioning the woman about the suspect before the video ends.

Stephenson is to return to court on March 30 for sentencing. Arrangements have been made for him to pay restitution.

He is to appear in court next Tuesday in relation to a previous matter involving the complainant.

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