Reggae artiste accused of assaulting girlfriend’s sister
An entertainer who said he recently sang at Reggae on the Hill was granted $3 000 bail today and ordered to return to court on July 15.
When Shawn Andre Orlando Forde, 26, of Canefield, St Thomas appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this afternoon, he confessed to assaulting Anke Griffith on May 19 this year, causing her serious bodily harm.
In presenting the facts of the case, Sergeant Theodore McClean revealed that the complainant’s sister is Forde’s girlfriend. On the mentioned date, Griffith heard someone knocking on her bedroom window in the wee hours of the morning. When she looked out and recognized Forde, she opened the door to him. He rushed past her and ran into her sister’s bedroom.
The prosecutor further told the court that when Griffith went after Forde to see what was happening, she found him choking her sister who was at the time nursing their baby. She tried to pull him off and they struggled. When she got him outside, he again attempted to return to her sister’s room and he and Griffith struggled again.
This time, Forde cuffed her several times to the left side of the head and body, while holding a piece of metal in one hand. He then got into a waiting taxi and left.
Griffith, meanwhile, went to see a doctor who diagnosed her as having soft tissue injuries to her left arm, abrasions to the left ear and a ruptured eardrum.
In his version of events, Forde recalled that he and his girlfriend had an argument earlier that same day and she had thrown his watch outside.
When he went to retrieve it, she locked the door and that was how he ended up knocking on her sister’s window.
Forde also said he only went back inside the house to ask his girlfriend why she had thrown out his watch. He said even though his girlfriend hit him several times that day, he neither hit nor choked her.
In relation to the complainant, Forde said she poked at him several times and threw an object, which hit him in the head.
The complainant is expected to attend court on the next date of hearing but until then, Forde has been ordered to stay away from her premises.