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Carpenter refuses help for ALCohlism

COURT TODAY BLOCKEven though personnel from the Psychiatric Hospital recommended that Derek Wong should seek help for his alcoholism problem by attending Verdun House, Wong told a Bridgetown court today that he does not want to go.

Even after the court took a recess so that Wong could speak to a counsellor from that establishment, he still did not want to go. The 54-year-old carpenter who beat his wife and threatened to cut her up, was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital last month.

Wong, of No. 5 Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael pleaded guilty in May to assaulting his wife and using the words “I gine stab you in you neck” and “I would cut you up and no-one would hear you”.

Evidence presented in the case revealed that on May 30, Wong cuffed his wife in the head before threatening her with a knife, in the presence of one of their sons. The District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court heard on that occasion that Wong drinks alcohol excessively and, as a result, has at times been physically and verbally abusive to his wife.

Wong explained to the court last time that he does not want his wife to work so he “puts the money there”. At that time, Magistrate Douglas Frederick warned him about his behaviour “in 2015,” adding that most women worked so they could be independent.    

Today, Wong’s wife came to the court and explained that things were financially challenging at home. The magistrate explained that even though he knew she was “between a rock and a hard place”, many who stayed in abusive relationships ended up with themselves and their children being worse off.

Magistrate Frederick went on to say that Wong did not seem “to be learning” or realizing that his wife was “an equal partner even though (she is) not working outside of the home; it is still work”. He also said if she stayed without her husband being helped, then “she might be dead, the children placed in a children’s home and he in prison.”

He reminded the woman that on the last occasion, the charge had been less serious than the current one. Wong said he was sorry and assured the court that he would not be returning and that he loved his three sons.

“You said the same thing last time. I sent you to Alcoholics Anonymous and you promised it would never happen again . . . You love your sons and behaving like that?”

Before sentencing Wong, the magistrate warned him that his behaviour would adversely affect his sons and their future
if they continued to witness abuse.

He was placed on a six-month bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for using the threatening words: If the bond is breached, he will spend three months in prison. He also has to undergo mandatory therapeutic sessions at the Psychiatric Hospital.

Wong was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the assault count.

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