Crimes against ex lead man to year in prison
Derick Oneal Morris will be spending the next year behind bars.
When Morris, of Block 11A Factory Avenue, Wildey, St Michael went before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale today, he admitted to stealing a cellular phone belonging to his ex-girlfriend and damaging one of her pants on January 31.
Initially, when the 33-year-old unemployed man was asked to plead, his response was: “Sir, the complainant here to done with the case.”
The magistrate informed Morris that his answer was not a plea.
When the charges were read to him again, Morris pleaded guilty. When Seale gave the complainant the opportunity to speak, the court heard that Morris’ earlier claim was far from the truth.
In fact, the woman beseeched the court to instruct Morris “to see me and not see me”.
She said the two shared a child but Morris’ behaviour changed whenever he used drugs. She said he would harasses her, become abusive and even threaten to kill her, at times in front of her parents and her children.
After perusing Morris’ conviction record, the acting magistrate assured the woman that she would not have to bother about Morris “for the next year”.
Morris had been given a one-year suspended sentence last October by the same magistrate, and that carried an alternative of a year in jail if breached.
“It means automatically that that sentence kicks in today,” Seale said.
Morris was also sentenced to six months for each of the offences to which he pleaded guilty today, both to run concurrent with the one-year prison term.