Stephen Charles, 32, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and was sentenced last week.
According to court records, on July 30, 2011, the complainant was at the bar when she decided to use the bathroom. While proceeding to the bathroom, the complainant said she was followed there by the defendant who made advances towards her, including touching her buttocks. The complainant said she rejected his advances, left the bathroom area and returned to the main bar.
Later that same night, she was again approached by Charles who, in the presence of others, again made moves toward her. This time he did not take the rejection well and proceeded to physically assault the complainant by hitting her. This assault resulted in some injury to the complainant who was taken to Victoria Hospital. She then made a report to the police.
Charles is a self-confessed marijuana smoker who, according to Justice Francis Cumberbatch, showed no remorse for his actions, no regard for the complainant and has refused counselling for drug abuse at the Bordelais Correctional Facility where he has been remanded. The one mitigating factor for Charles was his early plea of guilty for the offence.
Cumberbatch stated that the starting point for such an offence is 10 years imprisonment. He then sentenced Charles to six years imprisonment with a two-year discount for his early guilty plea. As such, Charles will spend four years at the Bordelais Correctional Facility where he is also ordered to attend counselling sessions for drug abuse and sessions for anger management.