Woman beater in viral video reportedly blames ‘frustration’, reveals suicidal thoughts
Screengrab of a video showing a man beating a woman before fleeing.

The man who was captured last week in a viral video viciously kicking the mother of his children outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court reportedly told her afterwards that he acted out of frustration and that he felt like killing himself.

Jovan Stephenson, while leaving the courthouse last Wednesday after his previous assault case against the complainant was mentioned, was caught on camera kicking the woman repeatedly as she laid on the ground and hurling expletives at her before fleeing the area.

He was captured and charged on Friday, brought before the court and was ultimately ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution.

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On Tuesday, when the court mentioned the original assault case against him, the complainant was seen nursing wounded fingers, covered with bandages with a splint for support.

While explaining the ordeal she went through last Wednesday when Stephenson assaulted her, the complainant said she is now unable to care for their children.

Turning her attention to the accused, Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague told him, “You a look pon one long, long stretch,” adding that his “behaviour is shameful.”

Turning her attention back to the complainant, Cole-Montague asked her if Stephenson had attempted to interfere with her since the incident, to which she revealed that following the attack on Wednesday, Stephenson called her and said he “did it out of frustration.”

Additionally, she said he told her on Friday that he felt like killing himself.

With two assault cases against him, Stephenson was remanded and ordered to return to court on March 30, when both matters will be mentioned.

BY CANDICE HAUGHTON

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