Husband urged to move on after wife drops threat charge

“The relationship has come to an end. Accept and move on,” Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond yesterday admonished a man who appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a charge of threatening his wife’s life.

The allegation against Devon McPherson, of 2316 Soufriere Street, North Ruimveldt, is that on June 10, at the South Ruimveldt Secondary School, he used threatening language to Faboola Kowlessar-McPherson, resulting in a breach of peace.

Kowlessar-McPherson, however, told the court that she no longer wanted to proceed with the matter against her husband and as a result it was dismissed. Under oath, she testified that no one had threatened or forced her to arrive at that decision.

She indicated to the court that the relationship had ended. They have been married for eight years.

Prosecutor Jomo Nichols, who presented the police’s case, said that while Kowlessar-McPherson was at work, she received a call from McPherson, who used a series of expletives and accused her of unfaithfulness. He also threatened that he would “end it today.”

The court heard that the woman became fearful for her life and reported the threat, which led to McDonald being arrested and charged after an investigation.

McPherson accepted that while he did use expletives and made derogatory statements about his wife, when he said that he would “end it” he was not referring to ending her life but rather the infidelity.

Based on his explanation, the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The Magistrate had stood the case down for some time to facilitate the services of a probation officer, who spoke to the parties for a period and later reported that Kowlessar-McPherson did not want to proceed with the matter against her husband.

After the woman confirmed her position in the witness box, the magistrate cautioned the defendant. “The relationship has come to an end. Accept and move on,” she said.

 

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