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UPDATE: Richardson gets 20mths in jail for beating pregnant GF

Jovanie Richardson being led away from the Magistrate's Court on February 7, 2014. Photo: VINO
Jovanie Richardson, 20, of Horsepath admitted to choking his then pregnant girlfriend and damaging property on separate occasions last year when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, February 4, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
Jovanie Richardson, 20, of Horsepath admitted to choking his then pregnant girlfriend and damaging property on separate occasions last year when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, February 4, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
The defendant was handed 10 month sentences on three of the charges, two of which are to be served consecutively while the other will be served concurrently. Photo: VINO
The defendant was handed 10 month sentences on three of the charges, two of which are to be served consecutively while the other will be served concurrently. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Jovanie Richardson, 20, of Horsepath will spend a total of of 20 months in prison for four counts of assault (2 counts) and damage to property (2 counts) after he was sentenced by Magistrate Dr Velon John today, February 7, 2014.

The defendant was handed 10 month sentences on three of the charges, two of which are to be served consecutively while the other will be served concurrently. Richardson was reprimanded and discharged for the fourth offence.

He had pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of damage to property. The acts were committed in June and October of 2013.

See previous story posted February 4, 2014:

Youth pleads guilty to choking pregnant girlfriend

- To return to court Friday February 7, 2014 for sentencing.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Jovanie Richardson, 20, of Horsepath admitted to choking his then pregnant girlfriend and damaging property on separate occasions last year when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, February 4, 2014.

Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of damage to property and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in different incidents when he appeared before Magistrate Dr Velon John today. He was unrepresented at the time.

According to the allegations, the defendant’s girlfriend, with whom he now shares a child, phoned him on June 20, 2013 and told him to visit her at her home. He reportedly went to her home and stood on the fence from where he allegedly threw his mobile phone at her, but missed his target.

He then reportedly jumped from the fence and followed the girlfriend - who ran into her mother’s bedroom - and allegedly slapped her in the face. The Virtual Complainant (VC) then attempted to use the phone but the accused allegedly unplugged the phone.

Richardson then allegedly hit his then 17-year-old girlfriend in the face again, pushed her on the bed, pinned her down and ground his fist in her face. He then allegedly put his hands around her neck and began to choke her. At this point she was crying out and eventually managed to get away and run onto the public road where the defendant followed. He subsequently caught up to her and pushed her but she managed to escape to the house and locked the door.

The accused allegedly climbed through the living room window, went inside again where he saw her trying to use the phone once more. He allegedly took the phone, threw it down and damaged it.

A report was made and Police subsequently arrived and saw that the VC had visible injuries. However, the VC who was three months’ pregnant at the time, decided against doing a medical examination. 

Richardson was picked up by police on another matter and informed of the report and he allegedly said, “Officer, I went to court for that already.” He was later arrested and charged for the offences.

In the second incident, on October 15, 2013 she was preparing to go to the doctor and asked the defendant to accompany her but he declined. She began ironing her clothes but the defendant allegedly unplugged the iron before she plugged it back in. This continued for some time. 

She then reportedly said, “Can’t you see I’m trying to avoid you” before he allegedly choked her. She reportedly told him to get off of her and he stopped and got off and went on the bed. He allegedly attacked her moments later again and began grinding his fist in her face.

She eventually tried to get dressed and saw Richardson with a knife in his hand. She ignored the defendant but an argument followed. The defendant allegedly tore the clothes she tried to put on with the knife but a fight erupted between the two.

She started screaming out and a neighbour came and she managed to escape to a bathroom. When she emerged she reportedly saw Richardson with a piece of broken glass in his hand and he allegedly placed this against her neck.

She reportedly said, “Do what you have to do” but he retreated and instructed her not to leave the house. She however left the house to go to her parents’ home. Richardson followed and allegedly asked the VC’s father if he wanted some of what the daughter got.

He allegedly threw three stones in the direction of the house and the VC and her father which hit her in the head and damaged a glass pane at the house. A report was made to police, the defendant was arrested and the VC was taken to Peebles Hospital where she received medical treatment. He was later charged with the offence while in police custody. 

The accused will return to the Magistrate’s Court this Friday, February 7, 2014 for sentencing.

40 Responses to “UPDATE: Richardson gets 20mths in jail for beating pregnant GF”

  • ABC (04/02/2014, 14:41) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    if he not from here deport he backside!!!
    • Yow (04/02/2014, 17:00) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      that all you know
    • billyb (04/02/2014, 19:22) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ ABC and if he ain from here, then what??? Send him by you????
    • Strupes (05/02/2014, 09:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      His backside from right here!!! With your nonsense
    • ABC (05/02/2014, 11:24) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      Fool dude from right here with your nonsense!! TOLA people love to beat woman smh
      • Abby (05/02/2014, 19:15) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        The last time I looked it was every country residing here that had a hand in assaulting women, including us, so the pot cannot call the kettle black on this one.
    • Airrion (07/02/2014, 16:45) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      I have said it a hundred times, cuff those suckers hands behind their backs and they will not be able to show the fingers he is showing and they won't be able to grab anyone around their necks. The court will not enforce this until something really serious happens.
    • Slave (07/02/2014, 20:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      He from right here where u want to send him round rock
  • Hmmmm (04/02/2014, 14:42) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply

    Boss if you dont want a woman dont choke her..go c...e your chicken!!!

    If you had choked my daughter like that and on top of that came to my house and ask me if I want some of what she got, i would have ch....d you into a million pieces. These force ripe wanna be beyaces make me sick. I hope the jusge sends you to proson for a LONG time and some dude up ..... deals with your b....ide (literallY) and choke you out. Useless waste of time..

  • Hmm (04/02/2014, 14:50) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everytime I come on the news site it's some negative headline news about the young men that live in our community!! He obviously have a serious problem to feel he can put his hand on the ppl them daughter and pregnant at that especially at 17years old.....dont talk about the desrespectful behavior towards the victim's father hmmm, Young man whatever sentence Mr. John gives you I hope you take the time out behind bars to think about your behavior towards the young lady who is now the mother of your child!!
  • ?? (04/02/2014, 15:13) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    What the hell is wrong with some you young men. You need to go out in the pasture because it is obvious you dont want to be human and act like one. Might as well u go live with the animals but on another note they behave better than some of you. The whole point is stay by yourself nothing is wrong with that because you dont know how to treat a lady.
  • Willy wonka III (04/02/2014, 15:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is this, your child mother dog. Hmm sad sad
  • ok (04/02/2014, 15:56) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    So he beats his pregnant girlfriend, granted bail, beat her again, now granted bail again? Ok.
  • mmm (04/02/2014, 16:53) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    wow...LOCK HIM UP! this is highly unacceptable!
  • polo (04/02/2014, 17:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why dem treat his girl so bad?!
  • survivor (04/02/2014, 18:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Quite often the abuser attempts to incite a reaction by provocation. It is not only cowardly but criminal.

  • dopeboikeel (04/02/2014, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is from here.mayo mehn.... da man I talk to u already bout this vibes mehn. Look where u end up now!
  • Fatness (05/02/2014, 03:11) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Punkin fresh veal coming your way just now ok.
  • well well wow (05/02/2014, 09:56) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man know what tree to climb! From he ask me if "i want some of wha my daughter get" the brawl start!!!!
  • Informer (05/02/2014, 12:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have to blame some woman too he did it once twice why were you putting yourself in a position to be around him for him to continue W..d Sweet? He need help and she just as bad!! I sure if he gets sentenced she"ll be stucked to his behind theres no use in trying to teach a man a lesson after you spoiled him that's nonsense bend the tree while it young first second time you let him know don't f...k with you again.I need to see some more cases on here saying women doing these things to men its time we fight back
  • SMH (05/02/2014, 12:29) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    that's how little girls does get knock about when parents allow their visions to be clouded by mistakes and put their pickney out to live with man smh!!
  • me (05/02/2014, 12:35) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply

    These the type of guys these young girls find appealing & getting involve with worse yet getting pregnant for? damn shame. Much more decent enough guys out there & this is what these girls find attractive. I'm 33 & me never take blows from no man you must be mad. 1 time my ex & I got into it & he pushed me which caused me to fall on the bed, no fist no slap just a push...well all hell break loose. I was in he a.., bear in mind he's like 6ft & i'm barely 5, I tell him straight up dont ever in your life put your ****ing hand on me if you want something to hit go throw your fist in a wall. Never again he tried it. Is the same policy I teaching my daughters to not accept no man banging u off NEVER. You may not be able to beat him but show him you not fraid, let him know you don't stand for it bet he don't try s..t again.

  • Lily Ann (05/02/2014, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    All this commotion and she still was with him??? What she doing being pregg at 17yrs?This is a hight of lil children BS. Once you get pregg and u beat someone, you supposed to act like adults. If you are not ready for a child... wrap it up. I dont really need to know the full thruth of the story, but he have no right to beat that poor girl up.....and soo often.....soo brutally....
  • Hmmmm (05/02/2014, 21:32) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply

    Look all ayo need mind ayo bussiness she wan be with him her choice .... So hrush ayoooo a...s at the end of the day .... She will stop n see reality of life ... So what she pregant for he ... Ayo ain supportin her n her child . Understand so ayo need stop. End of the day even thou he go prison they still got a child n he will be aprt no matter what .......

    • you offended!! (06/02/2014, 15:56) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      hot head nobody cares ok there is more than one way of a man being a part of his child life while excluding him from yours and putting enough distance to protect yourself if your head so hot tell her keep him part no matter what we don't give two sh..... just tell her stop call the cops when the love backfire take her licks like a woman stupse NONSENSE
  • Hmmmm (06/02/2014, 15:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is public knowledge clown bout mind business she made it our business calling the cops so now we know so you very illiterate to say mind our business you see where this is!!!!!on the news website public knowledge you stupid just like she!!!
  • lorde (07/02/2014, 11:56) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    kids should not get kids
  • fish (07/02/2014, 15:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    lock he up and toos away the keys
  • vincyyoung man (07/02/2014, 16:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    to be honest i dont know what these young men be thinking,is 15 ladies to 1 man in tola,if my girl tell me we done is on to the next for me,,not beat she up to alcartaz,jail full of men so dont know why u wanna go up there..
  • yeayea (07/02/2014, 16:49) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mayo! Ma nigga! Goin see u soon my boy!

    Real talk for life
  • SMH (07/02/2014, 18:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only 20????
  • heads up (07/02/2014, 18:46) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    you cant always blame the men some of these women don't respect themselves how will these young men respect them
    • hello (10/02/2014, 04:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      If he had values and principles for himself in the first place - there would be no need for him to lash out!!! 20 months and a criminal record - time to think about where he's heading in life....
      I guess 20 months (hopefully) should do it!!!!
  • look (10/02/2014, 04:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some Men should learn to bear their own responsibilities for their unlawful ways. They have their own mind and no one forces them!! Stop blaming the women and let 'Men' stand up and be counted!!!
  • hey (10/02/2014, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    what's with all these Richardson's and court with being horrible towards pregnant woman??
  • ... (10/02/2014, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ugly alien looking *** want to play bad man and beat woman.. lets see how tough u is when ur *** getting BEAT from behind!!
  • Spartan (10/02/2014, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    That fella looks evil and stupid stupid bout he eating woman, hope he get the ... penalty! Idiat ting dat!

  • life (13/02/2014, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    only tola amn does always want to beat up on them woman and or girlfriend if they don't get the control they want for the young ladies.... and the young ladies are also fool to be with young men like them ... learn your education live life be successful .... both young men and women need to respect each other and have pride knowledge and kindness toward each other and non of this non sense

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