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January 9, 2013
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BEATING USED AS FOREPLAY FOR SEX - "I only do it whenever we are going to make love." Man tells court

A St Catherine man who told the court that he only beat his girlfriend as foreplay before sex will know his fate on March 12.

The 40-year-old contractor of Waterford, Portmore, St Catherine, had persons fighting to stop laughing.

"Your Honour, I am guilty of it, but I only do it whenever we are going to make love. But, I didn't know she was badly hurt this time," he said to suppressed laughter in the court.

The resident magistrate told the accused that it was a serious offence for which he has been charged.

Facts outlined by Clerk of Court Nicole Kellier are that in December, the accused beat up his lover after a disagreement.

The police were called and he was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Meanwhile, the complainant told the court she has been abused for the past six years by the accused.

The man's bail was extended. However, he was fined $4,000 or 10 days' imprisonment for being in possession of an offensive weapon (He was held while attending a court hearing with a knife.)

He was searched by District Constable Michael Esson, and a knife with a nine-inch blade was found.

- R.T.

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