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‘Love tap don't tear flesh’ - Ms Tamia Richards

Delvin Leonard at Magistrate's Court today March 20, 2015. Photo: VINO
In laying down the allegations to which Leonard pleaded guilty, the court heard that the two, Leonard and his child mother Jessica Massicote both hit at each other when he had told her that he was going to hurt her. Photo: VINO
In laying down the allegations to which Leonard pleaded guilty, the court heard that the two, Leonard and his child mother Jessica Massicote both hit at each other when he had told her that he was going to hurt her. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - When 26 years old Delvin Leonard today March 20, 2015 confessed to Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards to hitting the mother of his child he also told the court that he did not swing his hand in the altercation.

This is what had the Senior Magistrate somewhat taken aback as the woman sustained injury to one of her eyes with a 2cm laceration which was bleeding according to medical report provided to the court. The court heard that the woman was taken to Peebles Hospital for treatment and care following the incident.

"I wouldn't classify it as a fight," he told the court as it was explained that it was on October 5, 2014 at the virtual complainant’s home an argument ensued between the two. He said he had gone there to visit his child.

According to Leonard he was going through some stressful times. "It was just one punch, that's it," he told the court. "You should become a boxer," the Magistrate told him. "I am a fan of boxing. You have to hit someone pretty hard to tear the flesh...Love tap don't tear flesh," added the Senior Magistrate.

Responding to his statement that he never swung his hand in the process of ‎ hitting the woman Ms Richards said, "Is a good thing you didn't swing your hand or you would have killed her."

In laying down the allegations to which Leonard pleaded guilty, the court heard that the two, Leonard and his child mother Jessica Massicote both hit at each other when he had told her that he was going to hurt her.

The court heard that he pushed her in the face and shoved her. She pushed back at him and it was then he punched her in the face and stomach. She also hit him back in the face. The woman made a report to the police. The same day Leonard turned himself into the police when he told his side of the story.

Today he was ordered to attend the Partnership for Peace programme at Sandy Lane Home and was placed on $40,000 bail.

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