From the Courts
May 23, 2008
Layou man a victim of domestic abuse

Very few cases come before the law courts in St Vincent and the Grenadines where a woman is charged with wounding a man.{{more}}

On Monday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, the unusual happened, and Inola Haynes, 37, of Layou was charged with wounding her common law husband Rupert Lynch.

However, Lynch appeared in the courtroom with a large bandage over his left eye and told Senior Magistrate Donald Browne that he did not want to go any further in the matter. He also asked the Magistrate to warn Haynes to leave him alone.

Lynch said that he and Haynes have been in a relationship for the past 15 years, which produced one child. He said that it was not the first time that she had beaten him up. He also said that both of them were involved in an argument when he received the injury over his eye.

Magistrate Browne suggested to Haynes that she should “Love him up instead of beating him up.” Browne also jokingly said that it was perhaps because he was waiting too long to marry her, that’s why he was injured. “Now you two go home and do some making up tonight. That’s called pillow talk,” Browne joked.