I’m sorry


A joiner charged with slashing the face of his son’s mother more than two years ago, now says he wishes he could turn back the hands of time.

Cuthbert Joseph of 1st Avenue, Beckles Hill, St Michael made the comment in the No. 5 Supreme Court today after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Margaret Christophe on August 12, 2014.

He was also charged with unlawfully wounding Christophe with intent to do her serious bodily harm, or to main, disfigure or disable her.

Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney revealed that Joseph’s victim was his former girlfriend. They had a son who was seven years old at the time of the offence.

Christophe had moved out of the home they shared in June 2014, after the relationship came to an end.

On August 12, 2014, Christophe and her son were at a bus stop when Joseph approached and grabbed her phone from her pants pocket, telling her, in patois, that she was “nasty”.

Christophe boarded a minibus and Joseph followed her, sitting down across from her and continuing to address her in patios.

The woman then took out another phone and pretended to make a call.

That prompted Joseph to squeeze into the seat next to her, and squeeze her hand until she released the device.

Delaney said when the van got to Parris Hill, St Joseph, the mother and son got out since she worked in the area. As she crossed the street, Joseph told her, again in patois: “Today is the day you are going to die.”

He then grabbed her by the hand and inflicted cuts to her face and collar with a box cutter.

She was able to get away and run around a vehicle in an attempt to escape. Joseph followed, the two wrestled and she was able to knock the knife away.

Christophe passed out at one stage and was taken for treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she spent two days.

Joseph was taken into custody on September 8 that year and in his statement to police, he said he suspected that Christophe “had a man”.

“When I call she a man answer de phone and she claim she ain’t got no man,” Joseph said in the statement, also claiming that his son had told him “she does be by a man”.

“That got me real, real mad. My heart got so heavy and I call Margaret and tell she I know why she left me,” Joseph told lawmen.

After he “creep up” to the bus stop, Christophe told a young woman to call the police.

“That’s when I get frighten and . . . hold she, cuff she and I grab the box cutter. . . . She get the upper hand cause she stronger than me. . . . The only thing I know is that I cut she in she face. I see the cut by she face was so bad I say, ‘girl you going to die’ and then I say, it’s best I kill myself,” the statement read by Delaney revealed.

Joseph also disclosed then that he was in possession of some pain killers which he drank “cause at the time I was so frighten”.

“Then I take the box cutter and cut my hand and she [Christophe] took it away and tell me, ‘don’t do that’,” the statement read.

Today, Joseph was apologetic for his actions.

“I apologize to the court and the public . . . people of Barbados and to the child mother. I wasn’t thinking right. . . . I went to talk, one thing led to another. . . . I wish I could undo time, but I can’t,” he said.

Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius adjourned the case until March 27 when the court is expected to hear from Christophe.

A pre-sentencing report was also ordered as well as a report on Joseph’s time on remand at HMP Dodds.

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