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Magistrate questions why woman who started fight with boyfriend not charged

- Man facing multiple charges following fight over alleged ‘infidelity’
Sheldon Barry of Zion Hill, Tortola, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and common assault but denied using threatening language to his girlfriend when he appeared at the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, September 26, 2019. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Sheldon Barry of Zion Hill, Tortola, is facing multiple charges after he and his girlfriend fought over his alleged infidelity on March 22, 2019.

Prosecutors said the pair, who has been a couple for at least ten years, was at home on the said night when the defendant’s sexual advances towards his girlfriend were shot-down because of his previous alleged infidelity.

The girlfriend, who Prosecutors said twice hurled a bottle in the defendant’s direction but missed, also tugged on his hair and initiated the fight. The defendant then reportedly held her by the neck, and after releasing her, she flung his cell phone across the room, damaging it.

Peeved, the defendant allegedly slapped his girlfriend and destroyed one of her dresses and shoe with a knife.

When he attempted to puncture a handbag of hers, the knife broke, and he reportedly told her, “The next thing the knife is going to be in is you.”

Prosecutors also said the girlfriend’s attempts to leave the house that night was impeded as her vehicle was blocked in the driveway.

The matter was then reported to the police and Barry was charged with threatening language, criminal damage and common assault.

He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and common assault but denied using threatening language to his girlfriend.

Sending the wrong message

Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo said on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, that the defendant’s girlfriend should also be charged for her actions.

“We have to be careful of the type of message we are sending… we have to look at the whole situation, and we have to be fair in relation to these types of matters,” she said.

“From the allegations, she assaulted him…destroyed his phone. How is he being charged, and she is not?” the magistrate asked.

Magistrate DaBreo then approved bail in the sum of $10,000 for Barry, who is scheduled to return to court on November 14, 2019.

7 Responses to “Magistrate questions why woman who started fight with boyfriend not charged”

  • reality (26/09/2019, 15:01) Like (43) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its about time for common sense in the judicial system!!! Most times its the women who initiate these altercations, but they are always protected.
  • Bias (26/09/2019, 17:34) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply

    For Vincy Gal, perfect example here where the victim was the Instigator and the defendant reacted. Now l am surprised the lady worship question why the victim wasn't charge

  • NezRez (26/09/2019, 22:53) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    About time the Judge is also questioning the woman's part in all of this. I have watched for years, women cursing, slapping, pulling the mans shirt and won't let him go. Only when he had enough and slapped her back, then she called the police and he was arrested. Now maybe knowing they will also be charged, these women will keep their hands to themselves. SMH and glad to know fairness will reign in the courts.
  • Chris Brown (26/09/2019, 23:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These ho s aint loyal
  • ... (27/09/2019, 05:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a thing to tell the king...
  • talk all (27/09/2019, 13:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    An she still going run back to he this aint the first time
  • Peaches (30/09/2019, 11:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anything that started wrong will end wrong. Living together without the benefit of marriage...

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