Man threatens to set babymother on fire ... court told
A St James man who reportedly threw gasolene on his babymother and threatened to set her on fire during an argument was offered bail when he appeared in the St James Parish Court yesterday.
Leroy Edmond, of a Norwood address, is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
The court was told that on February 3, the complainant was at home when Edmond came to the house and an argument ensued.
Edmond reportedly pulled a knife on the complainant, squeezed her throat, sat on her belly, and hit her on her head causing bruising and swelling. He also threw gasolene on her and threatened to light her on fire.
Edmond was subsequently arrested and charged on April 2.
In court, Edmond's attorney, Chumu Parris, told presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small that his client denied the allegations.
"My client denies any use of gasolene and denies attacking the complainant. She attacked him with a machete, and it was while he was there making enquiries about his children that a disagreement arose," Parris said.
The court was also told that both parties were interested in mediation and counselling to settle their differences.
Wong-Small subsequently offered bail to Edmond in the sum of $150,000 with two sureties, and issued an order for the two parties to attend counselling sessions.
"While this matter is before the court, do not put your hand on this lady," Wong-Small told Edmond before setting the case for mention on May 20.