Cumberbatch gets 12 months

COURT TODAY BLOCKIn March of this year, someone reported to police that Ferdinand O’Brien Cumberbatch was beating his pregnant girlfriend with a stick.

As a result of this report, when police saw him driving along Bridgefield, St Thomas on August 8, taking home the woman and their baby, they intercepted the vehicle.

Subsequently, while Cumberbatch was being interviewed, police discovered that the 37-year-old Denton Road, Grazettes, St Michael man had no valid driver’s license.

When he appeared in the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Cumberbatch pleaded guilty before Magistrate Ian Weekes both to assaulting the woman and having no driver’s licence.

However, the court learnt that Cumberbatch had been placed on a bond for one year by a Bridgetown court last September after he admitted stealing items from the same girlfriend.

The bond was granted on the understanding that a breach would land Cumberbatch in prison for 12 months. As a result of him doing so, the suspended sentence automatically took effect on Monday.

Cumberbatch was sentenced to another 12 months, to run concurrently, for assaulting the woman. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the charge of not having a valid driver’s license.

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