Harassment lands ex in court
“No means no.” That advice from Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to Demian Ronnel Michael Leon Thorpe Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to a harassment charge.
Thorpe, 34, of Ocean View Road, Spooner’s Hill, St Michael confessed to harassing Salome Valence on Black Rock Main Road on August 9 without a lawful excuse.
The No 2 Magistrates Court heard that the two were involved in a two-and-a-half year common law relationship, which ended back in May.
However, the virtual complainant continued to live at Thorpe’s home as she was unable to make other arrangements.
It was also revealed that during that time Thorpe made several sexual advances towards Valence, the mother of his one year old son.
He would also follow her to and from work.
“Mr Thorpe, when a woman says no to you . . . don’t approach her to try an coax her [and] find yourself in . . . this situation in the future . . . . So you keep your distance,” the magistrate said.
She then went on to advise Valence after questioning her about the living arrangements in the house: “When you say no mean it . . . don’t stay in the same bed.”
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant then turned to Thorpe and said you have been reprimanded and discharged but you owe Miss Valence an apology.
“I am sorry for all that I have done to you and I am sorry for what I did last night . . . I don’t know if you can forgive me, but I am very sorry,” Thorpe said.
However, the magistrate urged the two to ensure that their child did not suffer from their fallout. She made it clear to Thorpe that he must honour his responsibility as a father and to Valence that she should allow him to spend time with his son.