Magistrate orders counselling for man accused of wife assault

A man accused of assaulting his wife was yesterday ordered to undergo counselling.
It is alleged that on January 5, at their Lot 572 Tucville, Go-Slow Avenue home, Dennis Melville unlawfully assaulted Althea Melville, so as to cause her actual bodily harm.

The unemployed man pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on self-bail after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecution told that the court that the facts were as charged, after which no further details of what transpired on the day in question were presented to the court. The magistrate asked Althea Melville if she wanted to proceed with matter against her husband and she responded in the affirmative.

The prosecution had no objections to the defendant being admitted to self-bail, which was granted.
After listening to submissions, the magistrate ordered both the parties to undergo counselling sessions at the Help and Shelter Crisis Centre until the matter is determined.
The matter continues on February 8 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ court.

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