Man charged after alleged attack

Alleged violence toward his domestic partner brought Romell Whittaker to Summary Court on Tuesday after three days in custody.

Whittaker, 31, is accused of threatening violence while holding a machete, assault causing actual bodily harm and insulting the modesty of a woman.

He was arrested after an incident in the vicinity of Driftwood Bar in North Side in the early hours of Saturday, 12 July.

Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann Gunn said injuries to the woman included lacerations and abrasions to her face, arms and hand. The most serious injury required three stitches.

Mrs. Gunn said the incident seemed to have been alcohol-fuelled and occurred because Whittaker wished the woman to come home and she refused.

She suggested that if bail were granted one condition should be to stay away from liquor-licensed premises. She noted that Whittaker is a man of good character and a Caymanian, so failure to attend court was not a major concern. Possible further offending was a major concern, so although he and the woman had been living together, that could no longer be an option.

Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson agreed that alcohol had played a role. He asked the court to accept that Whittaker has a small farm and often carried a machete in his vehicle for farm-related purposes. He did not have it on this night for any nefarious reason.

Acting Magistrate Valdis Foldats said the incident appeared to be impulsive, not premeditated. Given the Crown’s fair approach and background information provided by Mr. Samson, he was prepared to grant bail.

‘I have to be sure conditions protect your partner and ensure you appear in court,’ he told Whittaker.

He set bail conditions to include a recognisance in the sum of $2,000 and a surety in the amount; surrender of travel documents; no contact with the complainant or any Crown witnesses; reporting to police; a specified residence and a curfew from 8pm to 6am except for work purposes.

Finally, Whittaker is not to attend any liquor-licensed premises, including any restaurant with such a licence.

The matter was set for mention again on 5 August.

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