Man beats babymother with machete - Woman assaulted while getting ready for church

November 11, 2017

A man was remanded until Monday when he will be sentenced for using a machete to slap the mother of his child all over her body on separate occasions.

When the matter was called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday, the accused, Steadly Dinnall, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey told Dinnall that she was not pleased with his demeanour, constantly suggesting to the court that things were now all right between him and his spouse.

Pusey asked Dinnall, "why shouldn't you go to jail for this?"

He responded, saying: "Go to jail miss? Mi nah fi go a jail miss. Mi know mi wrong fi lick her still. Mi never chop her cause a dat the police say mi charge for. Me and her pacify it out already. A me and her come here."

The senior judge then asked the complainant if she was being threatened in any way by the accused and asked her to explain what transpired.

She told the court that she was not threatened and gave her account of the incident.




"On October 21, I was in my bed and he came over me and I said, 'What are you doing I don't like you'. He went for the machete and slap mi up. I did not report it to the police at that time. The next day I went to church and told my church what happened and they said I should report it," she said.

The woman told the court that on Sunday October 22 while getting ready for church Dinnall started arguing and his machete antics continued.

"I go to church, so on Sunday morning I got the kids ready and send dem off. I was getting ready for church, and him come and argue with me and then go for his machete and slap mi up," the complainant said.

The court heard that the complainant had bruises and swellings as a result of the incident.

Pusey remanded Dinnall until Monday for sentencing.

While he was being whisked away from the courtroom, he uttered something to the complainant and was told by court officers to be quiet.

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