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Tobago man fined for assaulting

A To­ba­go man, con­vict­ed of as­sault­ing his ex-girl­friend when she tried to end the re­la­tion­ship af­ter find­ing him kiss­ing an­oth­er woman, has been fined and or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion. 

Mick­hail Bowen’s tri­al for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tu­al bod­i­ly harm be­fore Jus­tice Gail Gon­za­les in the To­ba­go Supreme Court be­gan on Mon­day and end­ed the fol­low­ing day with him be­ing con­vict­ed by a nine-mem­ber ju­ry. 

In sen­tenc­ing Bowen, Gon­za­les or­dered him to pay the vic­tim, Cor­rine Al­leyne, $10,000 in com­pen­sa­tion or face six weeks in prison. 

Bowen was al­so giv­en three months in which to pay a $5,000 fine. In the event that he miss­es the dead­line, he would have to serve 18 months in prison. 

The charge stems from an in­ci­dent at Bowen’s Glen Road, Scar­bor­ough, home on June 26, 2012. 

Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence in the case, Al­leyne went to Bowen’s home to drop off food when she caught him kiss­ing an­oth­er woman. 

Al­leyne cursed him and threw away the food be­fore leav­ing. 

She claimed that Bowen fol­lowed her and con­front­ed her near the garage. 

She said that she told him to leave her alone as she no longer want­ed to be in a re­la­tion­ship with him. 

Bowen re­port­ed­ly chal­lenged Al­leyne to re­peat her pre­vi­ous state­ment be­fore grab­bing a met­al rod and hit­ting her on her back as she was walk­ing away. 

Al­leyne col­lapsed and Bowen hit her sev­en more times on her head, legs, and back be­fore leav­ing. 

Al­leyne man­aged to re­trieve the im­pro­vised weapon, which Bowen dropped be­fore leav­ing, and made a re­port to the po­lice. 

Tes­ti­fy­ing in his de­fence dur­ing the tri­al, Bowen claimed that Al­leyne, who was “big­ger” and old­er than him, in­sti­gat­ed the fight and he mere­ly de­fend­ed him­self. 

He al­so de­nied be­ing caught kiss­ing an­oth­er woman. 

Al­so tes­ti­fy­ing in the tri­al was PC Kern Phillip, who took the re­port from Al­leyne and had her iden­ti­fy the met­al rod she claimed she was beat­en with. Phillip al­so in­ter­viewed Bowen

“That is not how it hap­pen. I hit her with it but not re­al­ly to do her noth­ing,” Bowen re­port­ed­ly told Phillip. 

Bowen was rep­re­sent­ed by Frank Pe­ter­son while In­di­ra Chinebas and Kanis­sa George pros­e­cut­ed the case.