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Man admits beating ex-girlfriend

A St George’s man who beat his ex-girlfriend was yesterday remanded into custody after pleading guilty to wounding.

Michael Eugene Douglas, 33, admitted wounding Susana Araujo in an incident on Friday, but denied threatening Ms Araujo and her roommate, Mikel Martinez, stealing a phone and throwing missiles at Mr Martinez.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith told Magistrates’ Court that on June 14 Douglas was with Ms Araujo at her home in Southampton when they got into a heated argument.

The victim asked the defendant to leave and tried to walk into her bedroom but Douglas followed her and punched her in her face. She attempted to shut her bedroom door, but Douglas grabbed Ms Araujo and pushed her into a wall.

Ms Araujo’s head struck the wall, causing her to bleed from her head.

She shouted for help and Mr Martinez, began to call the police. Douglas chased Mr Martinez around the home, allegedly throwing a beer can at him and shouting: “As long as you live in Bermuda you need to watch your back. I will cut your head off.”

Mr Martinez escaped to a neighbour’s house, but Douglas returned to Ms Araujo and began to fight with her for her cell phone. During the struggle he repeatedly punched the complainant in the face.

Prosecutors said Douglas left the area with the phone, but returned a short time later when Ms Araujo was sitting on her bed and kicked her in her head. He then allegedly grabbed her by her neck and said: “If you don’t leave the Island I will kill you and your friends.”

When police arrived at the property they spoke to the complainants and noticed a large amount of blood on the victim’s floor, wall and bed.

Ms Araujo was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment. Douglas was spotted by police walking in the area and arrested.

Speaking in court, Douglas said he had asked Ms Araujo to hold $500 for him, but when he asked for it back she became irate.

He also said Ms Araujo had struck him first.

“This is the first time I have gotten in trouble for something of this nature,” he said. “It makes me look like a woman beater.

“I have had a lot of time to think about it. I wish I would have just walked out of the house.”

Douglas was jailed for a month last year for threatening to rip off a police officer’s head in an incident in Dockyard.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered a social inquiry report be carried out on Douglas, remanding him until August to be sentenced for the wounding charge. The other charges will go to trial in Magistrates’ Court in July.

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Published June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 19, 2013 at 12:00 am)

Man admits beating ex-girlfriend

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