Youth granted bail after allegedly slapping ex-girlfriend
Duncan, who was unrepresented at the time, pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful assault relating to an incident that allegedly occurred when the two were out together at a high school function.
According to the allegations read by Senior Crown Counsel Valston Graham, the Virtual Complainant (VC), 18, was at the time involved in a relationship with the defendant when they attended a high school function at the Moorings on July 1, 2012 with the VC’s sister.
Whilst there, the VC could not locate her mobile phone that she had taken with her and allegedly asked the defendant for her phone. The defendant allegedly got angry and told the VC that she couldn’t find the phone because she “was busy texting man”. It was at this point that the defendant allegedly slapped the VC.
She reportedly phoned the Road Town Police Station and both parties were later met by the Police. Upon inspection by the Police, it was found that the VC’s face appeared slightly swollen. The officer reportedly interviewed the VC in the presence of the defendant where he was informed of the report made against him and was cautioned before allegedly admitting, “Yes, I hit her.”
The defendant was also allegedly behaving in an aggressive manner in the presence of the Police and as a result was taken into custody for some ‘cooling off’ time and later discharged. The VC reportedly received medical attention at Peebles Hospital and the defendant was later charged and brought before the court. According to the defendant, the two have since separated
Duncan was placed on $30,000 bail with one signed surety and ordered by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards to have no form of contact whatsoever with the VC. He will return to court on April 12, 2013.