'Equal Rights' and justice case unfolds in the KSA Parish Court
A case involving a dreadlocked man who on Friday pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to having beaten his 'side chick', had all the makings of the recently controversial song, 'Equal Rights'.
Clive Nelson was slapped with a $30,000 fine, with an alternative of six months in prison, for the attack on the woman whom he claimed had told him to perform oral sex on her while she was having her period.
Nelson, who is married and was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, admitted in court to having been involved in an outside relationship with the complainant.
In explaining his actions to Parish Judge Chester Crooks, he said a "hide and seek" relationship he had with the complainant had become strained because each time she came to his house, she left things for his wife to find.
He said he confronted her on the roadway and was telling her that she should not do that, when she responded that he should come ".... out under her when she a b....".
Nelson said he got angry and punched the complainant.
But it was an entirely different tale, except for some 'Equal Rights', from the complainant in her statement.
The prosecution said the complainant and Nelson struck up a connection and eventually an intimate relationship after she visited his cell phone repair shop to get her phone repaired.
However, the complainant's statement indicated that Nelson wanted her to perform oral sex on him, which she was not inclined to do, resulting in the relationship becoming deflated.
It was alleged that when the complainant subsequently visited Nelson's shop to collect her phone, she was told that the instrument had been sold, resulting in a dispute between them. During the fuss, she was allegedly punched in her face, causing pain and swelling.
Based on the allegations from the complainant, Judge Crooks enquired why Nelson was not also charged with the offence of simple larceny.
In response, the arresting officer said the complainant was not desirous of pressing that charge against Nelson.