Camilo Osvaldo Naranjo pleaded guilty in Summary Court on Monday to assault causing actual bodily harm for an incident in which he allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the face. Naranjo had been scheduled to stand trial on the assault charge in Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn’s courtroom Monday.
In addition to the assault charge, Naranjo is awaiting sentencing for an incident in which he allegedly drove into the North Sound with cocaine in his vehicle in an attempt to evade police custody.
The court heard Monday that Naranjo and the complainant had been in a two-year relationship at the time of the assault. The defendant was attending the complainant’s home in November 2017 in an effort to get his belongings when the complainant allegedly became aggressive with him.
Both sides agreed that the complainant pushed the defendant, who reacted by spinning around and kicking her. Naranjo denied that he intentionally kicked the complainant in the face, and he said that he reacted in self-defence but admitted that he used force excessive for the circumstances.
Crown counsel Darlene Oko said Monday that the complainant briefly lost consciousness, and defence counsel Alex Davies maintained that the dispute was an isolated incident.
Naranjo has been in police custody since April following his arrest for the North Sound incident.
Magistrate Gunn ordered a social inquiry report to be conducted on Naranjo’s behalf.
A bail hearing was heard after press time on Monday to determine whether Naranjo must remain in custody while he awaits sentencing in his various court matters.