Victim appeals to magistrate
When Wendell Nathaniel Goddard returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale was still not ready to grant him bail.
Goddard has been charged with intent to maim, disfigure or disable a woman last December 10, or to do her some serious bodily harm.
Seale based his decision on the newness of the charge, the volatility of the situation and the complainant’s state. He also urged the prosecutor to hasten the file since he did not want to disadvantage the accused man or remand him “forever”.
When Seale called forward the complainant, she walked slowly to the witness stand. When asked how she felt physically, the woman explained to the magistrate that she is still getting pains “in and out” which intensify when she was in areas with air-conditioning.
The woman then raised her hands, revealing long scars on both arms and around her wrists. Her fingers appeared stiff and slightly twisted, while the little one on her left hand was missing. She also had a cut in her head.
“These two hands have done a lot and still have a lot more to do,” she said, explaining that she has difficulty using them.
The woman asked the magistrate not to grant Goddard bail.
“For what purpose Sir? To finish me off? No Sir, no way,” she said.
She went on to angrily tell the court that she has two children whom she provides for on her own, and both her parents depend on her. She was forced to look in another direction just seeing him in the courtroom, the complainant added.
Seale then remanded Goddard again until April 30. But as he was leaving the courtroom and reached where the woman was, he uttered “I still love you” as prison officers hustled him back to the cells.