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Fisherman accused of assaulting girlfriend on boat

- Pleads not guilty
Gary Smith, 39, pleaded not guilty to charges of common assault against his girlfriend when he appeared before the Magistrate's Court on January 30, 2013. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A man was placed before the Magistrate’s Court today, January 30, 2013 accused of assaulting his girlfriend on a boat in the vicinity of Great Camanoe Island.

Gary Smith, 39, of East End pleaded not guilty to the charge of common assault when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards. The defendant was unrepresented at the time of his appearance.

The court heard that the defendant and his girlfriend lived together with his mother at East End and that on November 8, 2012 the defendant and the Virtual Complainant (VC) were just off the island of Great Camanoe when they allegedly got into an argument during which the defendant subsequently got upset and allegedly hit the VC. The VC retaliated by hitting the defendant, according to the facts read in court.

It is at this point that the accused allegedly pushed the VC off the side of the boat causing her head to enter the water while her feet were hooked on to the boat.

The defendant then allegedly pulled her up but the fight continued between the two. Mr Smith then allegedly struck the VC with his elbow on her mouth which caused her lip to burst. The matter was next reported to the Police station and the VC was seen by Police Officers who observed that she had a burst lower lip.

The VC reportedly received medical attention on Friday November 9, 2012. When officers met with the defendant at the Police Station he alleged that the VC had hit him first and he put his hand up to block her after which his elbow hit her mouth. He was then granted Police bail.

The defendant, who is a Virgin Islander, was today granted $45,000 bail with one signed surety and ordered to immediately report to the Partnership for Peace Programme on leaving the court room.

He was instructed to return to court on February 15, 2013.

13 Responses to “Fisherman accused of assaulting girlfriend on boat”

  • licks (30/01/2013, 13:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    49, lives with his mother and girlfriend and allegedly beating woman? lord have mercy on me.

  • obstinate (30/01/2013, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    "that is what love is all about"
  • Hmm (30/01/2013, 13:34) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    How the hell he get partnership for peace when other ppl getting locked up for defending themselves suppose that young lady had drown the tortola laws does not apply for everybody I guess he have friends in high places
  • jokes (30/01/2013, 14:12) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whats wrong with these big grown up men still living with their mummies? Dont pick fights with females especially as you are still getting your smalls laundered by your mother. Grow up and man up!
  • open wide (30/01/2013, 14:53) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    just say no do beating the ladies deman
  • x factor (30/01/2013, 17:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    them jealious man dem are the biggest criminals in Tola
    • Real Tool (31/01/2013, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      so it is ok for she to hit de man and dat will be ok i think u and she should change her life now because she was done help less in de water lol so if u can take hit don't hit
  • billyb (30/01/2013, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought they weren't naming names anymore when it comes to domestic violence. Wah a gwaaan???
  • 360 (30/01/2013, 23:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hats off to Tamia Richards.

  • ben j (31/01/2013, 00:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply the crime and face the time. No blighs.
  • peng! (31/01/2013, 07:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    bowy she need to leave that fisherman alone.....let he look saltfish west end instead!
  • concern (31/01/2013, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Before it gets to this just walk away. The LORD always provide

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