Thirty-six-year-old Glenroy Joseph of Canefield has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for contravening a restraining order filed by his mother Olivia Phillip, by threatening to kill her on July 7, 2010.
Last week, Joseph pleaded not guilty to the charge before Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin but after an hour-long trial, was found guilty of breaching the said order.
According to the facts, the restraining order which was filed in 2008 stated that Joseph was not to threaten or enter his mother’s home in Canefield.
“When I drink my rum I mad,” Joseph told the magistrate in response to the charge.
Before passing sentence Magistrate Behanzin highlighted Joseph’s lengthy list of threat convictions committed against family members. Those included violations of two separate restraining orders filed by an aunt.
“You want to kill your entire family then?” the magistrate asked Joseph.
“If you can threaten to kill your own relatives what about the passers on the street?” the magistrate asked.
“I not trying to kill nobody. I just talking for my thing,” Joseph told Magistrate Behanzin.
According to the testimony of the complainant, she had filed the restraining order against her son because he destroyed things in her home.
She told the court that about 8 a.m. on the said date, she woke up and saw the defendant sleeping under her house with his pants and other belongings inside her house.
“I took the pants and I throw it outside … When he woke up from sleep he say ‘I cannot believe is my pants that outside there’ … He said ‘I am going by the neighbour when I come back I killing both you and Bernadette’ … He stood up in the yard, he said ‘both you and Bernadette is two nasty’. Bernadette say ‘Leave my mother alone, you too wicked,” Phillip testified.
“He pick up four coke bottles and send them after Bernadette. They didn’t take her. They broke on the porch. He said ‘I killing both of all you today!” Phillip said.
Under cross examination Joseph suggested that he had come to the house for his cutlass. However, Phillip said that this was untrue.
Investigating Officer woman Police Constable Gregory-Anne Henderson, who testified on behalf of the state, said that Joseph seemed angry when she met him on the Canefield public road following the incident.
Officer Henderson said that Joseph appeared coherent and seemed to understand what he was told during his arrest. She said that she had inquired whether the defendant had any mental history, and his mother said no.
Joseph also denied having any mental illness during the trial.
“I have nothing to say again,” he told the court, when it was time to put up his defence.
During mitigation, when asked if he was aware of the protection order filed against him Joseph said, “I threw that (copy or the order) away long time ago.”
“It’s a clear breach,” Magistrate Behanzin said.
When asked to mitigate on his own behalf, Joseph stated, “I say what I have to say already.”
Joseph told the court that he is a farmer.