Monday 21 October, 2019

No joke! Magistrate tells man keep away from victim, young women

District A Magistrates Court

District A Magistrates Court

A 55-year-old caretaker accused of grabbing a 20-year-old woman's buttocks said it was supposed to be a "joke".

However that joke went horribly wrong for Ronald Oneal Bascombe, who ended up before a Bridgetown Court charged with assault.

The prosecution said Bascombe and the woman were friends. Sometime on July 7, 2019, the two hugged each other and that was when Bascombe grabbed her behind.

The 55-year-old of Baystreet, St Michael apologised throughout his mitigation to the court.

"It was my fault...I thought it was a joke," he said as he addressed Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

The magistrate asked Bascombe what was the age of his eldest daughter before relaying a scenario to him.

"Just imagine you got a call from your [24-year-old] daughter, she's crying and upset...a man, your age assaults her in the same way," she portrayed.

"I would feel a certain way", Bascombe responded.

"It's about respect and drawing a line..you can make friends but not be overly friendly," the magistrate continued.

The complainant, in tears at one point, said she would just like Bascombe "to keep his distance".

In light of such a request, the magistrate issued a strong warning to him.

"You have a daughter, the same way you won't want that to happen to her...extend the same courtesy. Keep your hands to yourself and deal with persons your age. Stay away from the young lady"

He was then reprimanded and discharged.

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