Wife-beater handed conditional discharge

A 37-year-old man walked free from court yesterday after he was given a six month conditional discharge for beating his wife with his fists and a board.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Morlando Morris attacked his wife over alleged infidelity.

The court was told that Morris, of St George’s, stood over his wife as she lay in bed and punched her face, chest, ribs and legs and stamped on her thighs with his foot.

He left the bedroom, but returned with a piece of board and hit her several more times on the left leg.

Morris went to the kitchen and returned with a knife.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo heard that Morris called his wife “wicked”.

Morris added: “Don’t take me for a joke. If you were in Jamaica this wouldn’t have happened.”

Morris’s wife suffered a bruised shoulder and a cut lip from the attack, which happened on April 18.

Morris pleaded guilty to unlawful assault causing bodily harm.

He told the court that the argument related to his wife’s frequent absences from their home.

His wife asked the court for the charge to be dropped.

She told Mr Tokunbo: “I feel that my husband and I can work this through.”

But Prosecutor Kenlyn Swan said: “We’re not prepared to take this course.”

Mr Tokunbo told Morris he was not going to “waste the resources of the country, I am going to give you a conditional discharge”.

He added: “Sort out your business.”

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