Man fined $700 for choking ex-girlfriend

COURT TODAY BLOCKJason Randolph Christopher Bourne put his ex-girlfriend in a choke-hold three months ago yesterday, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered him pay the woman $700 compensation by December 2 if he wants to avoid the alternative of six months in jail.

“Mam, I gine pay the money ‘cause jail hard,” Bourne replied. In fact, he was so determined not to return to jail that he offered to pay it “by tomorrow”.

The convicted man is a 30-year-old carpenter from Parish Land, Christ Church.

When Bourne first appeared in court for assaulting Shakira Griffith and causing her actual bodily harm, he pleaded guilty before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court. 
“I choked Shakira and I am sorry for what I have done,” he acknowledged. Explaining that he had a son who needed him, Bourne told the magistrate:  “I would like to pay a fine so I can get on with my life.”

The court was told that Bourne saw his ex in the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, attacked her from behind and began choking her. She managed to escape and reported the matter to police.

Bourne was later arrested and charged yesterday, the magistrate warned Bourne “to keep out of trouble”.

16 Responses to Man fined $700 for choking ex-girlfriend

  1. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies November 12, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I doubt it very much

  2. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies November 12, 2015 at 7:56 am

    But still it better then nothing

  3. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins November 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Maybe he was acting out the star Jason Bourne in the Bourne Identity and Supremacy. He needed that wrist placed in a cast.

  4. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker November 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

    It should be 6 months, follow a instant monetary payout to the woman. Men should not put there hand and a woman. They must be a clear massage. Rather it be your daughters, loves or your wife’s.

  5. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte November 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Is this how we seeking to control violence? …. with a petty fee?

  6. ch November 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Do we expect domestic violence to be seriously addressed with ridiculous laws like this? Yet Bajan women will not stand up to advocate for change so who do they think will do it for them?

  7. Tristan John
    Tristan John November 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm


  8. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair November 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm
  9. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN November 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    The Judge sure wasn’t sending a message to others who would tend to commit a violent act against women. Anywhere else in the civilized world the perpetrator would be dealt with harshly. One just have to follow what has been happening to sport figures who commit violent acts against a woman ,whether it be a spouse or just any women. Teams are punishing them by relieving them of huge contracts and even releasing them . This is a very serious matter to many.


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