“This man was big…He is bigger than anybody in this room. Please don’t think I’m rude but he is even bigger than you, Ma’am. How can I fight a man like that? I can’t fight a man like that… So the first thing that came to my mind was to go for a gun but I didn’t have a gun. So, I went for the Vincy favourite tool – which is the cutlass.”
That was how 27-year-old Ray Junior Morris described his state of mind and gave a condensed version of a criminal act that took place at his home on June 7, 2014.
Morris was charged with damaging his mother’s bedroom door and three sheets of galvanize. He pleaded guilty.
Police said Morris returned home from a party around 3.15 a.m. on June 7 and started banging on his mother’s bedroom door. After she refused to open it he took a cutlass and chopped it up then went and chopped up three sheets of galvanize.
Morris, however, told the court that he was not returning from a party and that it was much earlier. He said he went out with his wife and when they returned home their 4-year-old son was in his room crying. He went to his mother’s bedroom door and knocked, asking her if she did not hear her grandson crying. He said he opened the door and saw a man, his stepfather, in the room with her and he asked if she preferred to be with that piece of garbage instead of looking after her grandson.
Morris said the man approached him, held him by the throat and pushed him against a wall. He said he did not fight back because the man was big and strong.
Morris said he got hold of a cutlass because he had no gun and he chopped up the bedroom door because he was very angry. He then went on to the house roof and chopped up the galvanize sheet.
“You ever went to Glen to have an assessment done of you?” presiding magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias asked the defendant.
“No,” Morris replied.
“You will have to pay for all the damage you did,” the magistrate said.
The magistrate asked Morris if his son and wife witnessed his rage, but he said no. He told the court he had sent her to their room with his son.
Asked if they were still living the same place with his mother, he said his wife and son had left to return to Canada. He told the court his wife went to stay at a hotel for some time before leaving. He also said she was Italian and that it was her first visit to this country.
“What an experience!” the magistrate said, adding that even if she was in her bedroom she must have heard what was going on.
Magistrate Browne-Matthias asked Morris if he was sure that his wife didn’t flee with their son, calling it quits, after she had such an experience. But, he said no. He also told the court, when questioned, that it was not the first time she had seen his rage. He said there was one incident before when they were overseas and he had “run a red light.” He, however, did not go into details on that incident.
Morris has until June 30, 2014, to pay compensation of $455 to his mother for the damage to the galvanize sheets and bedroom door. In default, he faces three months in prison. He was also placed on a bond for six months. If he breaches the bond, he faces six months in prison if he is unable to pay the EC$1,500.