Woman’s leg broken by former boyfriend

Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday a woman spent three days in hospital after her former boyfriend fractured her leg in an assault at a hotel.

The court was told Kingston Darrell attacked Jashunte Furbert-Tuzo at a concert in the Hamilton Princess&Beach Club.

A victim impact statement from Ms Furbert-Tuzo, read by prosecutor Maria Sofianos, said: “I took Mr Darrell out for a great time and in return I ended up with a broken leg. How does that work?”

“Physically, when it comes to my leg, I’m fine. Just where I got the staples still bothers me time to time.

“Mentally, I’m still trying to process the situation.

“I loved someone who truly hurt me and I’ll never understand why.

“Being in a relationship with someone who hurts you physically isn’t something I would want to wish on anyone.”

Darrell, 25, from Devonshire pleaded guilty to wounding Ms Furbert-Tuzo on February 10 at a court appearance on August 26.

He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge, but changed his plea.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe heard the two left the ballroom where the concert was being held and had an argument in the hallway.

Ms Furbert-Tuzo told Darrell: “F*** you. I’m done. I’m going home.”

Darrell pushed Ms Furbert-Tuzo against a wall and started to choke her before he pushed her to the ground, which caused the leg injury.

Hotel security staff investigated and Darrell told them that Ms Furbert-Tuzo had fallen.

But security staff reported the incident to police, who reviewed the hotel CCTV footage and saw Darrell attack Ms Furbert-Tuzo.

Darrell told officers after he was arrested: “The CCTV makes me look really bad.”

Ms Sofianos said that Darrell displayed a pattern of violent behaviour and could require prison time to ensure treatment.

Sara Tucker, Darrell’s defence lawyer, explained her client had problems with anger management and alcohol, but had sought treatment since the incident.

Darrell told the court that he was prepared to pay restitution to cover Ms Furbert-Tuzo’s medical bills.

Ms Sofianos said the Crown would need time to consider whether a compensation order should be ordered.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe adjourned the case until December 5 and extended Darrell’s $3,000 bail.

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