A woman who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm was sentenced on Thursday to seven weeks imprisonment. Magistrate Grace Donalds passed the sentence after hearing that the Immigration Department had revoked the defendant’s right to remain on island.
Kenia Alonzo Solis Brooks, 29, had pleaded guilty to the assault charge, admitting that she took the wine glass her husband was holding and smashed it into his face, breaking the glass and cutting him across the eye.
She said she was very drunk when she did this and it was wrong. She maintained that he bit her first and a police photo did show a bite mark on her shoulder. She said in her interview that they were out socializing and began arguing about jealousy.
The offense took place at a gathering in Bodden Town on Jan. 8. Ms. Brooks was arrested that night and remained in custody since.
Although she initially claimed self-defense, she acknowledged that her response was excessive. She told interviewing officers that this was not the first time she and her husband had argued or fought.
Senior Crown counsel Candia James said the plea to the assault charge was acceptable and a more serious charge of wounding was withdrawn. She also advised that Ms. Brooks had no previous convictions.
Defense attorney Neil Kumar told the court that Ms. Brooks was from Honduras. She came to Cayman some years ago, went back to Honduras and then returned to Cayman in 2014. She met the complainant in 2015 and they married in 2016. By July 2017, their relationship had deteriorated, Mr. Kumar said.
During her time in custody, both her husband and his mother had visited her in prison, the attorney related. Meanwhile, her right to remain on island had been revoked and at the conclusion of her sentence, she will be deported, Mr. Kumar advised.
The magistrate said she was taking all these circumstances into account along with the guilty plea. She sentenced the defendant to serve seven weeks, with credit for time in custody.