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Man accused of threatening girlfriend with a knife

A Devonshire man yesterday denied threatening his girlfriend with a knife during a heated argument.

Jahroy Simons, 27, pleaded not guilty in Magistrates’ Court to charges of assault and threatening words, but admitted causing damage to a table.

Prosecutors claim that on Saturday, Mr Simons entered the Devonshire home he shared with his girlfriend, Sharon Maybury, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground.

He then allegedly held a knife to her throat and said: “You don’t know me. I will kill you.”

The altercation was broken up by the complainant’s brother. Ms Maybury ran to a neighbour’s home and called the police while Mr Simons struggled with her sibling.

In a police interview following his arrest, Mr Simons said he had slapped the victim and pulled her hair, but denied that a knife was involved at any point.

Yesterday Mr Simons told the court his belongings have since been moved from the home.

He promised that if released on bail he would have no contact with the victim whatsoever.

“I just want to get this situation over and dealt with,” he said. “I never had any weapons. I just want to go home to my family.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner however said: “Just because you didn’t have a knife doesn’t mean you didn’t threaten the victim.”

He remanded Mr Simons into custody until July, when the matter is set to return to court for trial.

The incident was one of three cases of domestic violence that appeared before the court during Monday’s plea court session.

Mikhail Butterfield, 22, from Warwick, denied kicking his seven-weeks-pregnant girlfriend Glennea Medeiros in the stomach on April 30.

Duty counsel Oonagh Vaucrosson said that the victim suffers from a “mental illness” and has repeatedly made claims of assault before dropping them.

Mr Warner said that domestic violence incidents often escalate, and it is the court’s responsibility to act before the situation worsens.

In a separate incident, Damay Burchall, 32, from Pembroke denied assaulting his girlfriend, Sarah Burgess, on May 3.

She was three months pregnant with twins at the time.

The Crown alleges that Mr Burchall repeatedly punched the complainant, causing bruises to her face and jaw during a heated argument.

Mr Warner remanded both Mr Butterfield and Mr Burchall into custody until their respective trials in July.

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Published May 07, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 06, 2013 at 11:29 pm)

Man accused of threatening girlfriend with a knife

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