Teen beats ex-girlfriend for talking to new man
An 18-year-old male was taught a lesson in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday when the judge gave him a suspended sentence for punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.
Tyrone Thompson, who was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, told the court that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face because he saw her talking to another man on November 24 last year.
The presiding judge, Chester Crooks, who seemed peeved by the increasing number of domestic violence cases in Jamaica since the beginning of the year, told Thompson that he was going to teach him the lesson of his life before sentencing him to six months' hard labour.
However, Crooks suspended the sentence for two years immediately afterwards when Thompson revealed that his first child is expected to be born in March.
When Crooks made the original sentence, Thompson and his father's eyes got teary.
"How do you feel knowing that you are going to spend the next six months in prison?," Crooks asked.
Thompson replied: "Not feeling good, Your Honour. My first child will be born next month."
After hearing Thompson's response, Crooks said: "Too many men in Jamaica are not able to control their tempers. So, when you think about doing something like this again, think about how you felt when you realised that you were going to miss the birth of your first child."