A magistrate has told an Englishman that while Barbados may be a small island, members of its population do not have “small minds”.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant has since informed 44-year-old James Patrick O’Rouke, of 50 Peach Road, Willehall, West Midlands that he would be sentenced on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting a woman and resisting arrest.
The court heard that on May 19, O’Rouke and Charmaine Alleyne were at a deli near the ATM machine which the accused was using.
They struck up a conversation and during that time the accused reached over and placed money in her cleavage. She attempted to return it to him, but he refused. He then made a purchase at the cash register and as he was leaving, slapped the woman on her buttocks.
The incident was reported to the police and the Englishman resisted efforts by the law enforcement officials to place him under arrest.
O’Rouke told the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday that he had nothing to say, while Alleyne, who said she did not know the visitor, felt “embarrassed”.
After the facts were presented the magistrate said “I am shocked. I am shocked, honestly, I am really, shocked,” and informed the accused that he would be remanded for sentencing on Wednesday.
But she had a message for him and other visitors to Barbados.
“I am going to warn you and any other visitor who comes to this island. We may be a small island but we do not have small minds,” she said, to which O’Rouke, who has been allowed to stay in Barbados for three months, responded, “we were just joking.”
But the magistrate was not amused saying “you think this is a joke. You disrespected a lady and you think this is a joke. If this is how you behave in your country, this is not how we behave here. You understand that?”
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Clear lack of respect even when in court. I hope the magistrate gives him prison time so he can reflect and come to his senses.
I guess he thought slavery was still in effect….
Less slavery, and more a male entitlement attitude that i thought had died out in the 70’s an 80’s in the UK. Obviously the overly formal nature one gets in the Caribbean has taken this guy back to a time he will only remember well from film, and decided to act like an absolute pig.
My guess it that this woman was trying to get more money from him, and when he didn’t give more money, she went to the police. This story sounds fishy…literally…
You imbicile…the nerve of you….ewwwww
That’s down right cheeky in every sense of the word..literally and figuratively.
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