Jean-Mark Joseph, 27, was given two years probation with conditions when he appeared in a Castries Magistrate’s Court yesterday for sentencing.
The conditions include that he attend anger management and parenting classes with the Family Court; attend Turning Point, a rehabilitative/counseling institution; and classes with the National Skills Development Centre or a similar organization, in an attempt to gain skills for full-time gainful employment.
He must execute all the conditions and attend all classes or face up to three years in default. He is further bonded, along with the complainant, to keep the peace for one year or in default spend three months at Bordelais prison.
According to court records, Joseph is charged for wounding Miguel Alexander, also of Balata, Babonneau, on June 30, 2012 at Balata.
Both men were reportedly involved in a fight earlier in the evening for undisclosed reasons. However Joseph testified in an earlier court sitting, that when he arrived home, he observed marks on his body and became angry and decided to seek revenge.
He said he then picked up his cutlass, wrapped it in a garbage bag, and went to the complainant’s home.
Joseph further testified that on his arrival, Alexander reportedly told him: “Do what you come to do.” Joseph then proceeded to chop Alexander five to six times with his cutlass, the court heard.
Alexander received cuts on his head, shoulders and ribs.
In his plea for leniency, Joseph apologized to the court for his behavior in a previous court appearance, admitting he has a temper problem he wishes to control. St. Lucia News Online understands that Joseph was removed from the courtroom for disruptive behaviour.
Joseph also begged for a non-custodial sentence, saying it would hinder his ability to take care of his three children.
In handing down the sentence, Magistrate Charon Gardner said she will accept Josephs’ apology to the court. The magistrate added that Joseph is an “intelligent young man who is not employed” and needs to get his life in order.
She told Joseph that the court only grants one chance and he needs to take advantage of the chance being handed to him.
Gardner said she took into consideration that Joseph is a father and sole breadwinner of three young children, ages 5 to 8; he apologized to the court, and had the support of his mother.