A Lower Questelles man is to reappear before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, on Tuesday, for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to beating his girlfriend after she refused to have sex with him.
On Monday, at the same court, Winfield Sam, who is also known as “Winterfresh”, told the court that he was trying to change his life but “the devil is on me”.
Sam pleaded guilty to a charge that on June 4, at Lower Questelles, he unlawfully and maliciously wound Clothilda Durrant, of Redemption Sharpes.
Immediately after entering the plea, Sam indicated that the woman is his girlfriend “and me and she been done talk. Me and she live together”.
The facts of the matter, as presented by prosecutor Sergeant Cornelius Tittle, are that Sam and Durrant are in a relationship and are living at Lower Questelles.
Last Friday, about 11 a.m., Durrant was at home when Sam came into the house and began arguing with her, demanding sex.
The woman refused, saying that she was not feeling well.
Sam began to choke the woman and beat her about the body with his hands and accused her of having “other man”.
The prosecutor said that this lasted for “pretty much the entire day”.
Later during the day, he beat the woman with a cutlass and a broomstick.
Durrant eventually went to the police and made a report, leading to Sam being charged.
Before hearing from the defendant, the magistrate asked if the virtual complainant was informed of the arraignment, as he demands for matters that come before him.
The investigator told the court that the complainant was notified, but was reluctant to attend and indicated that she wanted her stuff from Sam’s house.
The investigator said she was of the opinion that Durrant was afraid of Sam as she gave the police her sister’s number, saying that Sam does not allow her to have a phone.
“Well, when men behave like that, I respond to them in a different way,” Burnett said.
“It means that the lady is crying out for help.”
Sam told the court that after he beat Durrant, she told him that she wanted to end the relationship.
He said he asked Durrant what she was going to do and she said she was going to the doctor.
He said he asked the woman what she was going to tell the doctor had happened and she said she was going to tell them that he had beaten her.
Sam told the court that he told Durrant that the police would arrest him and if she loves him, she would not allow that.
The magistrate stopped Sam, saying he believes that the defendant was manipulating the virtual complainant.
Sam, who a history of theft-related and other convictions told the court:
“Me go through these things already and me been done ah behave meself.
He said that he and Durrant go to church and are considering getting married.
“But the devil is on me. He after me because he saw like I trying to behave myself — people like me who used to be in trouble and thing, I stop.
“So this lady just come up thorough unnatural cause,” he said, adding that when Durrant went to the hospital “she just decide to follow the person and tell she whappen”.
Sam said that when Durrant told her the nurse had indicated that she was going to call the police, he told her, “You see what going on.”
The magistrate interrupted Sam, telling him, “You are not going home today.”
He ordered that the man remain in custody and issued a summons for Durrant to appear in court on Tuesday, at which point Sam will be sentenced.
“She is asking for help and I will give her some help tomorrow. You could manipulate her but not me,” Burnett said.