Almost $4,000 in fines for man who assaulted his son’s mother
A 39-year-old father-of-four has been ordered to pay nearly $4,000 following a violent dispute with the mother of his young son.
Dwayne Phillip Doars, of Rocky Lane, Hamilton Parish, also faced a litany of further charges in Magistrates' Court.
He was given $2,000 bail, and ordered to return to court, for a second assault charge against a woman bus operator in January 2010.
Doars was also fined $1,500 and received a 12-month suspended sentence, for dishonesty offences dating to November 2009.
Crown counsel Larissa Burgess said Doars punched, kicked and spat on Tiara Hayward, the mother of his eight-month-old son, at her workplace on February 17.
A heated argument between the two turned into a fight. Doars subsequently pushed over and damaged the cash register at the King Street hair salon.
A week later, Ms Hayward's mother Carolyn Hayward began receiving calls at 12.30am at her Pembroke home from a number that she recognised as Doars'.
She ignored the calls and then heard glass shattering in her living room, and called police. A sliding door had been smashed.
Her daughter called to check on her, saying she'd just been called on her mobile phone by Doars.
She said he told her: “Come outside, or I will do something stupid.” She said the message was followed by a sound of breaking glass.
Doars was taken into police custody on another matter on March 8. He admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend and causing damage.
Doars told police he had been angry, but denied breaking the glass door.
On Thursday he admitted to the assault plus two counts of unlawful damage.
“I'm sorry. This is an ongoing thing between me and my son's mother. She keeps provoking me,” he told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner.
Doars said he was to have collected his child from Ms Hayward on the morning of the incident, but she had not shown up.
He said he went to the hair salon after she failed to appear.
“She said she was getting her hair done. I picked up my son and was leaving the store when she hit me, and my son banged his head. I put him back in the playpen and yes, we started fighting.”
Noting that Doars had missed previous court dates for other offences, Mr Warner said: “You have got an atrocious record.”
He fined Doars $200 for common assault and ordered a $625 payment for the damaged cash register. He was fined a further $400 for the February 25 unlawful damage, and ordered to pay Carolyn Hayward $2,565.82 for her broken door.
Doars then made an initial plea of guilty to common assault on bus operator Coleen Suzette Smith.
The driver was preparing her bus at the Washington Street terminal on January 1, 2010, when Doars approached her and accused her of failing to stop the bus for him in St George's.
Ms Burgess said Doars then spat and flicked a cigarette at Ms Smith, missing with each. It is alleged he then punched her in the back of the neck.
Because Doars claimed that the assault had been provoked, Mr Warner granted him an absolute defence and changed his plea to not guilty.
Doars was granted bail with one like surety, and ordered to return to court for mention on March 24.
Doars also faced November 2009 dishonesty charges for stealing cheques from his former employer, landscaper Albert Douglas.
He is then alleged to have forged the cheques in the values of $1,500 and $1,800.
Doars admitted taking and forging the cheques, telling Mr Warner he had been in desperate need of money.
Mr Warner noted that Doars' criminal record had begun in 1989.
“You were just of age for this court. For breach of your probation you were given corrective training. In 1994, you were convicted in the US for armed robbery and given four years' imprisonment. In 1997, you were convicted of breaking and entering. In 1998, you were sentenced in the Supreme Court here for four years for separate offences of cheque fraud. You were released in 2001, and in 2004 you were charged in Jamaica with possession of ganja, and in 2005 for taking steps to export ganja. Then it would seem you came back to Bermuda to live, and in 2008 were convicted for possession of drugs.”
Doars replied that he had been a user of heroin and crack cocaine until his 1998 sentence. He said he was now self-employed as a landscaper.
Mr Warner fined him $1,500 for the dishonesty offences. Doars was also handed two three-month prison sentences, suspended for 24 months, for stealing and forging the cheques.
Doars also received a 12-month suspended sentence for cashing the false $1,500 cheque.