$200,000 fine for construction worker who abused wife

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Dan Clark Lewis
Dan Clark Lewis

[www.inewsguyana.com]A 23-year-old construction worker was fined a total of $200,000 for assaulting, using abusive and threatening language on his reputed wife.

Dan Clark Lewis was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on four charges on Monday December 2.

He initially pleaded not guilty to the offences but changed his plea to guilty before another Magistrate.

It is alleged that on November 7 at Roxanne Burnham Garden, Georgetown he unlawfully assaulted Sandra Parks causing her actual bodily harm.

He also denied the second, third and fourth allegations which alleged that on Friday, November 29 at Roxanne Burnham Garden, Georgetown he made use abusive and threatening language and also unlawfully assaulted the said virtual complainant (VC), causing her actual bodily harm.

Police prosecutor, Bharat Mangru told the court that the defendant and victim are reputed husband and wife and on November 7, he unlawfully assaulted the VC. He further related that on November 29 the man assaulted Parks causing her actual bodily, verbally abused her and threatened to kill her.

Meanwhile, when Lewis appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman, he informed the Magistrate that he wanted to change his plea for all the charges, claiming that he does not want to waste the court’s time.

Hence, the charges were re-read by Magistrate Latchman and the defendant pleaded guilty.

The court heard that the victim suffered swelling and discoloration with multiple marks to her right thumb on November 7, while ob November 29 she receives injuries to the right hand and left thigh, with several cuff to the face and other parts of the body.

According to the defendant, “I got family to take care of since my sister who in the bush left her children for me to take care of”.

As it relates to the assault causing actual bodily harm on November 27 and 29, he was fined $80,000 on each count.  For the other two offences of threatening language and abusive language he was also ordered to post $20,000 on each with an alternative of 14 days imprisonment.

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