TRINIDAD – Man accused of assault heckled outside court

PORT OF SPAIN –– An Arouca bar owner, who is accused of assaulting a woman by kicking her in the head repeatedly and striking her with a metal object, was carted off to jail last night hours after appearing in court on three criminal charges.

Ricardo Jerome, 36, of First Avenue, Oropune Gardens, Piarco, who has also been employed as a labourer at the Customs & Excise Division for the last seven years, was unable to have his bail processed as he appeared in court shortly after 4 p.m. With today being the public holiday of Divali it was unlikely his bail would be processed in prison, sources said.

An unidentified woman heckling Ricardo Jerome outside the Arima Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
An unidentified woman heckling Ricardo Jerome outside the Arima Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

On his way to court, Jerome was taunted and threatened by women, one even lunging and pulling at him as police officers escorted him into the courtroom. Jerome stood before Magistrate Debbie-Ann Bassaw, charged with unlawfully beating the mother of his child, with his hands clasped in front of him and his head bowed. A half-eaten pack of biscuits protruded from his front
left pocket.

Jerome surrendered to police last Friday after a video began circulating on Facebook, showing a vicious assault of a woman, identified in court yesterday as Ornella Marchan, at Nella’s Sports Bar, Arima Old Road. The alleged incident took place on November 5. He pleaded not guilty to the offence as well as being in possession of a weapon, which police said was used in the alleged attack, and disorderly conduct.

Jerome was brought to court just after 4 p.m. through the public entrance of the courtroom. Those who had gathered to see him left as the rains began to fall. Inside the courtroom his mother sat along with the media listening to the presentation of his case.

The magistrate was informed that Jerome had two previous charges of assault and charges of possession of ammunition and a firearm. That matter, he claimed, had been dealt with but without his criminal record or a court extract, his claim could not be verified.

Jerome was granted $60,000 bail to be approved by a Clerk of the Peace.

Source: (T&T Guardian)

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