$800 or two months in prison for a black eye

Anderson Joseph will have to pay the court $800 or spend two months in prison for beating Pernell Francis at a party in Soufriere over the weekend.

The Point Michel man appeared before Magistrate Candia George at the Roseau Magistrate court Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to the charge of battery.

According to the facts of the case from police prosecution, on July 17, the climax of Dive Fest was being celebrated in the village of Soufriere where hundreds of patrons gathered including the defendant and complainant.

The compliant indicates that he was dancing in the crowd, minding his own business, when the defendant stepped up to him and punched him in the face. The punch resulted in a black eye for the complainant.

The complainant immediately reported the matter to Coporal Jno. Baptist. The police then followed the complainant to an area where the defendant was dancing.

“I really hit him Officer, I am sorry, give me a break,” Joseph said when he was approach by the police.

In his plea in mitigation before Magistrate George the defendant who was not represented by counsel was apologetic.

Before handing down the sentence Magistrate George cautioned the defendant that he should learn to behave himself.

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16 Comments

  1. dominican abroad
    July 26, 2011

    i remember when we use to go to sufriere on th e weekend to dance, and comeback home with no problem what happend to the good old days?

  2. manana
    July 23, 2011

    why because of a baby a foreigner should get permision to live in D/ca free & i born in D/ca live after 20 long years to another country as a citizen, have my old mother & other family & cannot stay as long as i want.

  3. GWEN BAMBOO
    July 21, 2011

    Once again, I lament the decisions by the courts. According to the facts presented, this was an unprovoked attack. Also, there was no retaliation and the complainant was smart enough to report it to the police before allowing it to escalate into something more. What is even more disturbing is that we cannot go out to have good clean fun without some hooligan causing trouble. They have learnt to commit crimes and then apologize to avoid being punished fully. We all know that when they are out they speak with no remorse, some of them even boast of their exploits. They need harsher punishments to deter this kind of behaviour.

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2011

      Unless the assailant is a lunatic, this isnt right!!

  4. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011

    Pernell troublesome too! that sounds really fishy! He likes to preach a vile, I bet they had an issue and the only reason he went for the police is because he believes he couldnt beat the guy!!

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2011

      Stop being an ass.listen to the facts before you speak.pernell don’t trouble nobody,the defendant in his own word said in front of the courts, that he and the complaintant had no previous problems.so stop being a hater on pernell and hush ur mouth.

      • Anonymous
        July 22, 2011

        You read the facts, dont u think there is something fishy, stop being a Pernell asswhip and face reality, this one was a slap, the other one may be worse!! That boy troublesome!!!

      • T-T
        July 23, 2011

        get off the guys case, you won’t at the incident, and hush ur ass for a sec.

  5. Bull Crap
    July 20, 2011

    what if he was a white guy. where the f*** u think u are states side. people in this country need to behave their dam self. why can u say that.

  6. loco
    July 20, 2011

    that fine is too low those foolish little point michel boys think they are bad abd also believe is in private shops they sell baddness….

  7. No Name
    July 20, 2011

    That doesnt smell right.It sounds gay :roll:

  8. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011

    BUT WAIT, JUST DRY SO HE PUNCH THE GUY?..DO THEY KNOW EACH OTHER OR THAT WAS JUST THE RESULT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION?

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2011

      He punch the guy.just so wi.they have no beef.

  9. July 20, 2011

    THIS IS RACIST! HOW CAN YOU PUT A MAN IN PRISON FOR A BLACK EYE? WHAT IF IT WAS A WHITE EYE?

    • funny
      July 20, 2011

      how about a black and blue eye?..lol

    • Brooklyn
      July 21, 2011

      men you sound so ignorant

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