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Man assaults girlfriend; granted $2500 bail

COURT TODAY BLOCKDwight Lamar Harper admitted that he assaulted the mother of his young child when he went before the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court yesterday.   

Harper, who lives at #20 Midway Lane, Pine, St Michael, was charged for slapping D’andra Burnham in her face on Monday.

Prosecutor, Sergeant Robert Jones, said the couple has a young child. Harper saw Burnham sitting in a minibus at Nursery Drive on Monday around 5:30 p.m. and queried why she was not at home with their child.

After she replied that it was none of his “f***ing business,” Harper allegedly slapped her in the face.

The driver and conductor took Harper off the bus and the woman left on the vehicle.

Ten minutes after reaching home, she got a call from Harper telling her he was outside the house.  She then made a report to the police.

Yesterday, Harper explained to Magistrate Douglas Frederick that the complainant had called him while he was on his way to Bridgetown. He was not expecting to see her “out this kind of time” since their baby “has some issues,” he said.

“So what is the curfew?” asked Magistrate Frederick.

Harper replied that it was not a curfew “necessarily” but when she is out and the child is with the grandparents, it puts a strain on them.

“But she is an individual with rights . . . The child should be home with you sometimes too,” the magistrate advised.

Harper, who is a first time offender, went on to say that he did not intentionally slap the woman but he was digging into his bag when his hand hit her.

He also said he went to the woman’s house to collect a key and to talk with either her or her mother.

A presentencing report was ordered on Harper, who was granted $2 500 bail. The case was adjourned until May 12, when the report should be presented.

However, the complainant is expected to attend court this Friday.

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