Caused grievous bodily harm to former girlfriend
Oneil Alrick Robinson, originally
charged with attempted murder, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after
pleading guilty to wounding his former girlfriend with intent to cause her
grievous bodily harm.
The offences occurred on 9 May
after the woman locked herself in her room, but Robinson entered with a
duplicate key he had made without her authority. Crown Counsel Tanya Lobban
told the court that Robinson put her in a headlock and dragged her to a storage
area where he picked up a metal tool and began hitting her in the head. He then
used a knife to inflict injuries and its tip broke off in the area of her spine
at the base of the neck. He then used scissors to inflict further wounds.
When the woman fell to the ground,
Robinson kicked her in the head and face, breaking a tooth. To stop him from
killing her, she pretended to be dead and he ran. When police arrived they
found her lying in a pool of blood, with the pair of scissors sticking out of
Ms Lobban said the woman was taken
to George Town Hospital, where the scissors were removed. She was then flown to
University Hospital in Jamaica, where the knife tip — more than two inches long
— was removed. Following surgery the woman could not move her left leg, but
after physiotherapy she was able to walk with a limp.
Ms Lobban referred to a victim
impact statement prepared by a social worker. It said the woman forgave
Robinson, but has suffered a great deal physically, spiritually and emotionally.
The woman described Robinson as a caring and loving person and said she was not
putting him down. The report said the woman remained vulnerable and traumatised
without the necessary counselling to process the entire event. This was where
the role of a victim advocate became critical because closure requires justice,
the report indicated.
In passing sentence on 22 December,
Justice Charles Quin summarised what he had been told about Robinson and the
victim. They had met in June 2009 and became involved in an intimate
relationship. They then had a dispute in November, but remained friends. After
Robinson formed a new relationship he threatened the woman not to contact his
new girlfriend. Such contact was made on the day of the attack. He turned
himself in to police that night.
Defence Attorney Nicola Moore spoke
for Robinson, 26, emphasising his remorse and previous good character. He did
not smoke or drink and had driven his church’s bus, she said.
Ms Moore told the court the victim
had said she would not give evidence and had written a letter asking for
“They are both religious people and
perhaps can find it in their hearts to forgive when less religious cannot,” she
commented. She handed up UK sentencing guidelines, which had a starting point
of eight years.
Justice Quin said Robinson’s attack
had been repeated and relentless and the victim had been left with permanent
damage. Had it not been for expert and prompt medical treatment here and in
Jamaica, she could easily have died.
He noted the guideline eight-year
starting point was for a first offence and after trial. He balanced the guilty
plea and mitigation with the sustained nature of the attack.